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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson appears in thrall to Lara Logan’s political observations—to her “philosophical” meditations, too. Although treated as a Delphic oracle of sorts; Logan is no Roger Scruton.

You might have heard Logan claim, recently and repetitively, that everything in the world is simple. “Everything is simple,” she keeps intoning in her appearances on Fox News.

Applied to the fiasco in Afghanistan, Logan’s Theory of Simple is that, considering that America is omnipotent, whatever occurs under its watch is always and everywhere planned and preventable.

Ridiculous and wrong, yet Tucker, whom we all love to bits, giggles in delight.

“They want you to believe Afghanistan is complicated,” lectured Logan. “Because if you complicate it, it is a tactic in information warfare called ‘ambiguity increasing.’”

“So now we’re talking about all the corruption and this and that,” she further vaporized. “But at its heart, every single thing in the world… always comes down to one or two things …”

Logan likely recently discovered Occam’s Razor and is promiscuously applying this principle to anything and everything, with little evidence or geopolitical and historic understanding in support of her Theory of Simple.

Occam’s Razor posits that, “the simplest explanation is preferable to one that is more complex,” provided “simple” is “based on as much evidence as possible.”

A nifty principle—and certainly not a philosophy—Occam’s Razor was not meant to apply to everything under the sun.

Misapplied by Logan, why? Primarily because Logan’s explanation for America’s defeat in Afghanistan—that the United States threw the game—is hardly the simplest explanation, despite her assertion to the contrary.

The simplest explanation to the US defeat in Afghanistan, based on as much information as is possible to gather, is that, wait for this: America was defeated fair and square. As this columnist had argued, the US was outsmarted and outmaneuvered, in a mission impossible in the first place.

Unlike Logan, who is convinced America could have won a war other superpowers had lost, Mike Martin, a former British army officer in Helmand province, now at King’s College, London, had this to say about the ragtag enemy:

This was “probably one of the best conceived and planned guerrilla campaigns ever. The Taliban went into every district and flipped all the local militias by doing deals along tribal lines.”

What do you know? The Economist did not ask Logan for her “analysis” of “why America failed in Afghanistan.” Instead, the august magazine called on Henry Kissinger, a stateman with a sinewy intelligence, for his analysis.

Kissinger said what this writer had written in columns like, “‘Just War’ For Dummies (2003), “Afghanistan: A War Obama Can Call His Own” (2008) “To Pee Or Not To Pee is Not the Question” (2012), “Grunts, Get In Touch With Your Inner-Muslim” (2012), and others.

Tribal Afghanistan is thoroughly decentralized, always has been. Our indisputably brave soldiers had been ordered to, at once, woo and war against a primitive Pashtun population that disdained the central government we were dead set on strengthening. (“Afghanistan: A War Obama Can Call His Own,” 2008)

Since Baksheesh (bribery) is in the political bone marrow of Afghanistan; American money and profligate spending habits only fed this proclivity for pelf and strengthened feudal fiefdoms and warlords.

And Afghans simply have more of an affinity for the Taliban than for the Wilsonians who were attempting to westernize them. Those we collaborated with are currently being called “our allies.” But it was not uncommon to hear of an Afghan policeman or soldier leading our men into an ambush, or opening fire on his American “colleagues,” during a joint operation.

Now, all we hear from Logan and the neocon Rambo Rescuers of Fox News is of the urgency of bringing these “Afghan allies” to America.

Back in the day, it was curiously observed that the Afghani soldiers “fighting” alongside our men frequently suffered few casualties; Americans invariably paid the price. In 2009, I quoted Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose close friend died in one of those attacks by an “ally.” He said: “You don’t trust anybody here.”

Now we consider them trustworthy—even eligible to take up residence in our neighborhoods.

Wrote Jim Sauer, a “retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major and combat veteran with over thirty years of service” (2009), about our Afghan allies:

“…the bulk of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) are not fighters, nor are they ‘true believers.’ They are simply cowards – frauds – corrupt to the core by any standard and apostates to their own faith. They are slovenly, drug-addicted, dimwitted, and totally unreliable at any level… They thrive on their petty powers and refuse to shoulder any burden or responsibility. Does this sound too harsh? Not for the Marines and Soldiers who have been killed by the treachery of ANA and ANP.”

The Taliban does not speak for the small sector of Afghans groomed by America during the occupation. Widely supported by most Afghanis, however, the Taliban tried to tell us that, “the presence of infidels in a Muslim country is a … sin,” and that they would not tolerate the “accursed Western invasion, which [was] forcing itself upon us in the name of democracy.”

They didn’t.

The authentic Kissinger (Henry, not Lara) agrees, speaking about the occupation as “a process so prolonged and obtrusive as to turn even non-jihadist Afghans against the entire effort. Afghanistan,” writes the elder stateman, “has never been a modern state. Statehood presupposes a sense of common obligation and centralization of authority. Afghan soil, rich in many elements, lacks these.”

Islam. Occupation. Tribalism. Traditionalism. Baksheesh in the blood. Only simpletons think failure in Afghanistan was simple.

 

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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. Paulbe says:

    Everything is simple in isolation. Afghanistan is what you get when too many simple things in isolation and in contradiction of each other all come together in the one place.

  2. Lara is the chick that got raped by 3000 Muslim men 10 years back, right? Tirir Square in Egypt? And now everything is simple to her?

    • Replies: @Getaclue
    , @Truth
  3. ruralguy says:

    It’s never quite clear who wins wars. Did the North truly win the Civil War? It has been fighting losing battles, for 160 years to prove that we are all equal. First it destroyed its cities, by allowing this freed underclass to take over its large cities. Then, it spent trillions in social spending elevate this worthless underclass. Now, it is trying to force everyone to think this underclass is equal, by canceling anyone who thinks otherwise. The Civil War never ended and the North has been losing the war for 160 years.

    But, most wars just fade into history, most just a few paragraphs in an unread history book.

    • Replies: @Observator
  4. Afghanistan is quite simple: stay the hell out.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  5. anon[187] • Disclaimer says:

    It is quite simple actually, America suffers from hubris, and hubris leads to nemesis. You are not the “shining city on the hill”, your system is not the best, you arrogantly expect everyone to want to be Americans. How many Americans in Afghanistan could speak the language? How many were prepared to accept a single one of their customs? In the main, your soldiers held the Afghanis in utter contempt and were taught a humbling lesson. America must mind its own business and leave third world savages to be third world savages because that is what they want.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon, GomezAdddams
  6. Realist says:

    Ridiculous and wrong, yet Tucker, whom we all love to bits, giggles in delight.

    Lara Logan’s motto is Lara Logan has no agenda, of course, she has an agenda…everyone does.

    We don’t all love Carlson. There are some things about Carlson that are not right…his incessant hatred of China is one. One of the biggest supporting groups of Carlson is the Evangelicals and the commercials on his time slot are heavily weighted toward them.

    What do you know? The Economist did not ask Logan for her “analysis” of “why America failed in Afghanistan.” Instead, the august magazine called on Henry Kissinger, a stateman with a sinewy intelligence, for his analysis.

    Instead, the once august magazine called on Henry Kissinger,…

    FIFY

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  7. Exile says:

    The US military, self-gaslit by stuff like Lindh’s “Fourth Generation Warfare,” has convinced itself that bribery is noble if you’re paying people to sell out to neoliberal globohomo.

    Then they act astonished when their traitor legions end up full of slippery Machiavellian bandits who cut and run when real trouble starts.

    Benedict Akbars who are willing to sell out their kin, faith and country won’t stand up to guys grounded in family, faith and tribal loyalties?

    The only thing surprising about this is that grown men are surprised by this.

    To put this in terms someone on Logan’s level might better understand, what happened with the Afghan Army is what happens when you sleep with a married man but tell yourself he wouldn’t cheat on you because “he really loves me.”

    The “loyalist” Afghanis were simply mercenary grifters or shallow opportunists who showed their true colors once things got rough.

    And now, in line with Lindh’s ridiculous prescriptions, we’re going to invite this worst-of-the-worst bunch of Afghan traitors to America.

    Again, the only surprising thing is that supposedly serious people try to sell us on this BS strategy – which has never worked and never will.

  8. Afghanistan is very, very simple, but not in a way Loopy Lara would grasp.
    In a similar mountainous country, Norway, during WWII, the Germans had 440,00 troops to hold down the country. This for a nation of less than 3 million. However, they still couldn’t stop Norwegians wrecking the German heavy water plant in Telemark.
    So you’re looking at 1 soldier for every 10 inhabitants.

    Afghanistan has over 30 million people. The Soviet Army in 1980 had 120,000 troops, the US Army at its maximum (2014) slightly more. This was completely inadequate in the face of serious opposition, which there was. To hold down the country, you would need several million troops. The economic costs of that would be ruinous, even if you had several million troops to spare, which neither the Soviets then had or the Americans now have. Add to which, there is very little in Afghanistan worth having.

    In 2001-02, the options were simple. Either the US could declare Victory and leave, or it could stay a short while, build up anti-Taliban forces, and then leave. Either way, this should have been all over by 2002.

  9. WJ says:
    @Getaclue

    She was gang raped. Not just groped. At that’s what she says.

  10. It really is simple. It boils down to two things.

    1. “Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.” – T. Jefferson The vast, vast majority of Afghans did not, will not and will never consent to a government forced on them by a bunch of Wilsonian Liberation Theologians and Third Wave Feminists.

    2. It’s THEIR country. They will fight to their last breath to defend their homeland. Some black kid from Chicago just wants to get back home to show his fellow gang members all the new tricks he’s learned from Uncle Sucker, the Employer of Last Resort. Who do you think is in it for the long haul?

    Oh, and a third thing.

    3. Pass the opium.

  11. @WJ

    She went on to say that they tore off her clothes and, in her words, raped her with their hands, while taking photographs with their cellphones.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  12. Sean says:

    The Taliban are a tool of Pakistani intelligence, as the then spokesman for the joint Chief Adm. Mike Mullen. testified the to a senate committee in 2011. Pakistan is an ally of China (supplied them with missile parts). Afghanistan has a a border with Pakistan and a border with China. Those countries wanted the US out. It’s that simple

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/17/general-milley-cannot-undermine-civilian-authority-the-us-is-not-a-military-junta

    In 2013, when Milley was the commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan, he praised the Afghan forces at a Pentagon press briefing. “This army and this police force have been very, very effective in combat against the insurgents every single day,” Milley gushed. “And I think that’s an important story to be told across the board.” […]

    In November 2020, according to an investigation by Axios, Trump signed a directive to complete the military withdrawal from Afghanistan by 15 January 2021, five days before the end of his term as president. Milley was “appalled” at the idea of a full withdrawal, according to Axios, and worked behind the scenes to derail the effort. Trump was forced to revise the planned withdrawal deadline to 1 May 2021. [..] Moreover, had Milley continued the process of withdrawal that Trump committed to completing by 1 May, the US would almost certainly have been able to finish the mission on time and in relative order – and 13 US service members might still be alive.

    The US is not a military junta; it is a republic led by elected civilian leaders, and it cannot allow the creation of any precedent, large or small, of military insubordination.

    Cautioning the American armed forces against obeying an order from a President would not be unique. Kissinger did it because he thought Nixon might become unstable over Watergate, but giving secret personal guarantees to the Chinese military leader that there would be no attack on China by the US and warning would be given to the Chinese goes far beyond anything that has happened before. Milley has been caught in straightforward insubordination to elected civilian government authority, and disqualified himself as as any kind of commanding officer. Lawful orders must be obeyed without question or impertinent comment; what Milley did subverted the whole point of having armed forces.

    Whatever his intentions, Milley actually made the outbreak of WW3 far more likely, there is no telling what miscalculation China might have made if it felt it had impunity from a US attack. Furthermore, the lesson taken by the Chinese that the US armed forced decide what orders to obey will not be obviated by the election of Biden, whose judgement might well be questionable to much younger men, were he to order the use of military force against China. The Chinese might think they can count on foot dragging by the US military now.

  13. @Realist

    Tucker is a twit and Lara is an airhead –twin sister of Karen—maskless in Seattle –she can not wrestle but you should see her box….

  14. @ruralguy

    The North won the war in that it kept the world’s only experiment in self-government intact. The barons of the old South hated and feared democracy right from the start (read, actually read Madison’s Federalist articles, for heaven’s sake) and when they finally lost control of the White House, they said so long, suckers. Lincoln said if his officer corps thought the war was being fought to free the slaves, they would immediately mutiny. Emancipation was a tool to mobilize the strong antislavery sentiment of Britons and European people against the possibility of their governments’ recognition of southern independence, which would have been the end of the American republic, just as the despots of the Old World had so long dreamed. There is suggestive evidence that Lincoln never wholly abandoned his idea of repatriation to Africa, but thanks to John Wilkes Booth, we’ll never know. The radical abolitionists hijacked Americans’ justifiable rage against the southern traitors, and used the hapless Africans to humiliate them. When there was no more political mileage to be gained from this stance, and when they needed southern assent to install their man in the White House, even though he lost the 1876 election, the GOP abandoned the ex-slaves in a heartbeat and never looked back

    • Replies: @ruralguy
  15. Truth says:
    @Jim Christian

    “AAAALLLLDDDEEEENNN!”

    Where are you?

  16. Rambam says:

    Another babe, I mean journalist, from South Africa.

    Lara Logan is a Spook married to another Spook, Joseph Washington Burkett. They even have Spook kids for future Spook assignments. This is not a secret. Anything she has to say is Spook B.S. 🕵️‍♂️

    What I can’t figure out is, how poor round baller Jason Siemon, from little Camanche, IA, got involved with this modern day Mrs. Peel? Probably met in London. Perhaps there is a Jewish connection? There usually is. 😘. File under NFI.

    https://www.newsweek.com/lara-logans-mystery-man-162631

    Shalom

  17. I have nothing personal against Lara Logan, but a Delphi oracle she is not.

  18. ruralguy says:
    @Observator

    Good points, but I highly recommend a book called “The Field of Blood, Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.” It is based first-hand accounts of what took place in Congress from 1830 to the Civil War. It was very much a fight over slavery. There was hand-to-hand combat taking place in Congress during this period. Congressmen were strapping on knives and guns, before entering Congress, to protect themselves. There were brawls, punching, knifings, and at least one instance when a gun was fired. The public at the time gleefully read it in newspapers, getting quite riled, and insisted their congressman fight back hard. It was a complete breakdown in civic order. Congress itself was a vile place. In the Spring, Summer and Fall, there was no air conditioning, the place stunk horribly, and the Congressmen lacked both manners and hygiene. The civic structure broke down. War was inevitable. Truly, Observer, there was nothing civil or planned about what took place. It was a public brawl between two sides who fought over emotions, not reasoned positions.

  19. anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chris Mallory

    And, being a Ho of the whitevil kind, she probably gets off even now thinking about that… that is, if all of what you say, really happened. I couldn’t be bothered to look it up.

    My point is only this… Ho of the whitevil kind, which is innate to your race, male and female.

  20. Wrote Jim Sauer, a “retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major and combat veteran with over thirty years of service” (2009), about our Afghan allies:

    “…the bulk of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) are not fighters, nor are they ‘true believers.’ They are simply cowards – frauds – corrupt to the core by any standard and apostates to their own faith. They are slovenly, drug-addicted, dimwitted, and totally unreliable at any level… They thrive on their petty powers and refuse to shoulder any burden or responsibility. Does this sound too harsh? Not for the Marines and Soldiers who have been killed by the treachery of ANA and ANP.”

    The Taliban does not speak for the small sector of Afghans groomed by America during the occupation. Widely supported by most Afghanis, however, the Taliban tried to tell us that, “the presence of infidels in a Muslim country is a … sin,” and that they would not tolerate the “accursed Western invasion, which [was] forcing itself upon us in the name of democracy.”

    There you are.

  21. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    Can’t we stop listening to these broads after they turn 28?

  22. I’ve watched Logan on Tucker & was amused by her bubbleheaded BS. The only way the US could have won in Sh1tstanistan is by exterminating the locals & moving US citizens there to repopulate. Since western whites have decided not to have kids anymore maybe we should have moved Africans there. orcs in asia would have blown up in the end but who cares

  23. Lara Logan should have at least done a little investigative research before choosing a show title that essentially appropriates the name of a popular podcast that is over 13 years and 1200 episodes in production.

    https://www.noagendashow.net/

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