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Afghans, in general, do not lack courage. So I identify with the one flinching fat guy in the unbuttoned vest in the middle of the crowd. That would be me if I were a middle-ranking Afghan official coming under missile fire.

I’d cast Oliver Platt as me as the scaredy-cat Afghan bureaucrat:

I’d never heard of Stanley Tucci’s farce film The Impostors until I saw it recently, but it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s just Tucci, Platt, and a bunch of their funniest friends doing everything and anything to be funny.

 
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  1. usNthem says:

    I don’t know – if the trailer is any indication, I’m skeptical. As for Afghanistan, it was, is and always will be a s***hole. But hey, miracles happen and maybe they’ll be a future world (goat herding) power. They did whip the Brits, Ruskis and good old us of a after all, so never say never.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    , @Malla
    , @SSAR
  2. Yes, Maestro Steve, let’s remake the American-Afghan War ( 2001-2021 ) as a black comedy. I’m sure there are lots of (((Hollywood))) producers and directors who would do a good job. They’re not interested, you say. I really don’t understand.

    Or you could have Kevin Spacey starring as an American Colonel, flown out on the last plane from Kabul, leaving his Afghan boy(friend) behind. I’m amazed that gays aren’t outraged by what’s going on. Those beasts the Taliban are banning bacha bazi. Remember: love is love.

  3. 20 years, multiple thousands of just American casualties, and a Trillion dollars later, and, well, I hope they don’t hate us for our freedoms anymore. Wait, what freedoms? We have had almost 20 years of grannies, kids, and every normal American having their property and bodies searched when traveling by airline, so, at least that was …. errr … a resounding success?

  4. 68W58 says:

    You really do have to admire their fortitude.

  5. El Dato says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The smallest Israeli dances for you,

  6. dearieme says:

    A punitive expedition to Afghanistan was perhaps justifiable. A war of conquest was bone-headed.

    How many senior army officers resigned over that indefensible decision?

  7. @Achmed E. Newman

    Switzerland is a small landlocked nation in the heart of central Europe.

    For centuries, the foreign policy of Switzerland has been strict neutrality.

    During the 20th century, while every single nation that borders Switzerland was engulfed by the horrors of two World Wars, Switzerland was completely unscathed.

    .

    Should Switzerland have participated in the two World Wars?

    Of course not.

    The result would have been the deaths of millions of Swiss soldiers, Swiss cities bombed into rubble, and foreign armies rampaging across Switzerland committing horrific atrocities against millions of Swiss women and children.

    .

    Unless a nation is invaded, neutrality is the best foreign policy.

    If Switzerland has been neutral for centuries, then surely the United States can be neutral:

    The United States possesses thousands of nuclear weapons, and is separated from the rest of the world by vast oceans.

  8. epebble says:

    It may be a macabre thought, but the prosthetic technology has advanced very rapidly due to Afghan and Iraq wars. Today we have very sophisticated Biomechatronics prosthetics.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomechatronics

  9. Just a reminder.

    The U.S. invasions also killed 1 million people in Iraq and nearly a quarter-million in Afghanistan.

    https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/body-count.pdf

    This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly,
    killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war
    zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of
    which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the
    media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely

    If the above numbers seem excessive, they’re actually not. A highly comprehensive 2006 Lancet Survey estimated 655,000 deaths in Iraq. So 1 million by 2018 (when the above study was released) is reasonable.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/oct/11/iraq.iraq#:~:text=The%20death%20toll%20among%20Iraqis,Lancet%20medical%20journal%20reports%20today.

    [October 11, 2006] The death toll among Iraqis as a result of the US-led invasion has now reached an estimated 655,000, a study in the Lancet medical journal reports today.

    The figure for the number of deaths attributable to the conflict – which amounts to around 2.5% of the population – is at odds with figures cited by the US and UK governments and will cause a storm, but the Lancet says the work, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, has been examined and validated by four separate independent experts who all urged publication

    For comparison, 3,000 died on 9/11/2001. Yet for some “odd” reason, we hear endlessly about 9/11, but never about any of the above.

    Oh well.

  10. @Achmed E. Newman

    Yet think of all the positives! TSA has been a massively successful job creator, less annoying relatives dropping in unexpectedly, and best of all, the increase in defense contracts. Win win!

    (Sarcasm obviously activated.)

    The guy in the crowd had to be thinking “why aren’t we running?”

  11. anon[100] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    They hate us for our freedom to peacebly assemble at the capital and redress our government about concerns of electoral fraud without being set up by federal law enforcement agencies, and have habeus corpus suspended to incarcerate us without a right to make bail and obtain legal council and communicate privately with that council and jot be beaten by jail guards or anything.

    Our right not to cover up our faces in public like with muslim veils or medical facemasks.

    Our right to travel anywhere without onerous passports.

    Our freedom of expression. To never have our opinions censored or banned for any reason, like by a social media company or something at White House request because a politician disagrees with what we tweeted, etc.

    Our bodies, our choice. We never are forced to be injected with experimental drugs or be fired from a health care job or any shit like that in a city such as…….Houston, Texas where George Who, What, Why, When, Where Bush was from. Our government would never come around and knock on our doors trying to pressure us or anything like that. Ungh Ungh Honey, we be free.

    Our government would never unleash disguised goon squads who hide their
    identities to attack people they disagree with like the Muslim Morality police. Theyd never surrepticiously fund an antifa or BLM.

    We are free.

    • Thanks: Kolya Krassotkin
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  12. @Achmed E. Newman

    We have had almost 20 years of grannies, kids, and every normal American having their property and bodies searched when traveling by airline, so, at least that was …. errr … a resounding success?

    Remember when years past 2001 they tried to restore the ability to carry a pocket knife on a commercial airliner and the … cabin attendants objected and you STILL can’t carry your Swiss Army knife onboard?

    They should immediately declare the GWOT over and allow you to carry knives to your seats like pre-2001.

    Everyone gets one of these!

  13. The Taliban had nothing to do with the planned demolitions on September 11, 2001.

    Our rights in the US have been curtailed, but the flow of opium out of Afghanistan was quickly restored in 2002 to pre-Taliban levels.

    The spice (“CIA black money”) must flow.

  14. OT,but did you hear Tom sucking up to Biden??

  15. @Joe Stalin

    I know this will be unpopular to some on here who can’t “imagine such a thing”, but if Americans hadn’t have been disarmed upon entering boarding areas for airliners on that date 9/11/01 or any other, we wouldn’t have anything much to write about here.

    Well, the Peak Stupidity blog, your Ron Pauls, Lew Rockwells, Vin Suprynowiczes, etc. may have published some nice anniversary posts occasionally about their pride in an America in which we don’t need a Police State, because regular Americans stopped an act of terrorism very simply upon those airliners that one day back 20 years ago…

    What might have been, Joe.

    .

    PS: Oh, and pilots still have the crash axe with the fairly sharp 4″ arc of a blade, but there is intensive discussion still in those TSA lines as to whether they should really be allowed to bring that (old military) little P38 can opener with them, and an occasional 0.05″ Allen driver for set screws on those knobs that occasionally come off. It’s all a big joke.

    PPS: Oh, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport ramp crews are about 25% Somalians. But, you know, they all got that intensive Motherland Security background check… so it’s all good…

    • Replies: @anon
  16. No more Wounded Warrior Project infomercials

    BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  17. @Achmed E. Newman

    Wait, what freedoms? We have had almost 20 years of grannies, kids, and every normal American having their property and bodies searched when traveling by airline, so, at least that was …. errr … a resounding success?

    Well, you know the old saying “If you can’t lick’em join ’em.”

  18. anon[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    …pilots still have the crash axe with the fairly sharp 4″ arc of a blade…

    With zero training in how to use it as a weapon. Probably due to liability reasons or something. But “Just use the axe” is not a plan. Or so I have been told by airline pilots.

    Used to was pilots could and did carry firearms with them into the cockpit, often stashed in the case of Jeppesen plates. One wouldn’t have to do a lot of dryfire to be able to plug a hijacker in the doorway and avoid a tedious trip to Cuba or some such.

    But after an ugly murder-crash on a commuter airline, the crew had to go through the same security as the passengers, so no more of that.

  19. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    During the 20th century, while every single nation that borders Switzerland was engulfed by the horrors of two World Wars, Switzerland was completely unscathed.

    • Replies: @Malla
  20. @dearieme

    A punitive expedition to Afghanistan was perhaps justifiable. A war of conquest was bone-headed.

    So true. Sometimes I’ve wondered if it wouldn’t have been better to just turn much of the place’s ground into nuke blast glass, but there are some important archaeological sites that shouldn’t be disturbed. We should start a betting pool — when will Kabul fall and the last official Americans at the embassy skedaddle? I’d put 20 bucks on September 2021, but the situation is fluid, as they say. We’ve got to save face as much as possible. Everyone knows that we “lost.”

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    , @El Dato
  21. Trelane says:

    Afghanistan has the world’s largest proven reserves of gravel. A bonanza if you ask me.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  22. Ano says:

    Dear Mr Sailer,

    Who says I’m panicking!!

    I am not panicking!!!

    No! I’m in fact practising for the not-far-off day when I have to elbow, scratch, and kick to scramble on board the last helicopter off the rooftop!

    Yours,

    Flinching Fat Guy

    PS: Thank you for all your taxpyayer dollars and soldiers’ lives so we people in the Presidential Palace can soon flee to the West and enjoy our luxorious exiles in Switzerland (handy for access to our banks).

  23. Anonymous[405] • Disclaimer says:

    Afghans, in general, do not lack courage.

    The resistance fighters from Western Pakistan and from Arabia did not regard Afghans as being especially courageous.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  24. Mike Tre says:

    “20 Years Later in Afghanistan …”

    …the Taliban found a hidden cache of unmoderated comments for Steve’s blog.

    • LOL: donut
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  25. @Bill Jones

    Umm…against the Taliban for providing Bin Laden a base of operations and not turning him over?

    @dearieme is correct and US should have installed a Taliban-lite dictator, declared victory and gone home early on.

    • Agree: Pixo, Old Prude
    • Replies: @Whereismyhandle
    , @El Dato
  26. @From Beer to Paternity

    Why nuke a bunch of goat herders minding their own business more than 90 % of countries? Because Bin Laden occasionally ventured into their caves while residing in Pakistan?

  27. [MORE]

    Make no mistake what this is. This is the rump of the Republican Party terrorizing Trump supporters back out of it to cling to their illegitimate power. None of this goes ahead without their enthusiastic acquiescence.

    Utterly disgusting.

    • Replies: @Pixo
  28. Ano says:

    Mr Sailer!!! Mr Sailer!!!

    Please (Please!!!) send US-taxpayer-funded helicopter to rooftop now!

    Now!!! (No! I am not panicking!!!!)

    Please don’t delay and send chopper on humanitairan dash-for-mercy to reunite me with my Swiss villa (next door to bank).

    Please!!!!!!!!!!! (NO, I AM NOT PANICKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Yours,

    Flinching Fat Guy

    • LOL: Lurker
  29. Anonymous[194] • Disclaimer says:

    Demonstrates peer pressure can handle what religious devotion cannot.

  30. The thing about Afghanis is that they’re…combative. Very nice, of course, but…combative.

    When I was there in 1978, I saw a bicyclist coming out of an alley get knocked over by a car coming down the main road.

    The two guys didn’t even exchange words. They just went straight to fisticuffs. Bicyclist gets off ground, driver gets out of car, and they just go at it.

    Invading the place made sense. I couldn’t believe it when I heard we planned to stay there. Like, the Russians killed a tenth of the population and made a third homeless — and that just got the Afghans excited. We were planning to top that?

  31. @Anonymous

    ‘The resistance fighters from Western Pakistan and from Arabia did not regard Afghans as being especially courageous.’

    No…but the thing is, Afghans regard warfare as a normal activity, and war as a normal state.

    In his memoir of fencing with them on the Northwest Frontier in the Thirties (Bugles and a Tiger), John Masters mentions how British and Indian troops would get awarded a campaign clasp for participating in the various punitive expeditions, hunts for the ‘Mad Mullah,’ and so on.

    The Afghans wanted to know why they couldn’t have one too.

    You don’t invade Afghanistan. You just don’t. Not unless you want to play.

    …forever. They’re not going to quit. You will.

  32. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    If Switzerland has been neutral for centuries, then surely the United States can be neutral:

    The United States possesses thousands of nuclear weapons, and is separated from the rest of the world by vast oceans.

    In the USA, the per-capita Jewish population is about 6-times higher than it is in Switzerland. The tribe’s outsized wealth and influence in America, make it impossible for the USA to be neutral.

  33. @War for Blair Mountain

    This is not a crack about the wounded, but they are all warriors in the Army these days, apparently. I noted some “Warrior Outreach” deal in which the Army spends US taxpayers’ money reaching out to “support the community”. Hey, the community would be better off with the freakin’ money up front, not your outreach.

    Warriors, my ass. I’ve seen 1/2 planeloads of recruits getting lined up to get to basic training. I’m not a big guy, and I’m more than twice most their ages, but I could kick the asses of 1/2 of them – not just the women. OTOH, once they go to training and learn about critical race theory and all that other warrior stuff, I guess I’d better watch what I say, huh?

  34. Cortes says:

    Women in Kabul in the 1970s:

    • Replies: @donut
  35. Pixo says:
    @Desiderius

    Or maybe Jan 6 and much of the Trump admin was worse than a crime, it was a blunder.

    the rump of the Republican Party terrorizing Trump supporters

    No it is the Biden DoJ appointees doing it.

    It was obvious this would happen. The Dems brayed for blood and loudly promised prosecutions after Jan 6 but before Trump left office.

    Trump owed them all pardons, as well as others like Kyle Rittenhouse. Instead he and Rudy and Javanka doled them out to random rich crooks and low level drug ring offenders who were oversentenced, but often for good reasons.

    A W appointee in Texas just enjoined all new Dreamer applications. Trump’s most conventional and GOP establishmentarian area was judges and probably his biggest legacy.

    Biden DoJ seems to be going after more than they can chow though arresting Tom Barrack, billionaire friend of Donald for decades, for supporting the UAE/Saudi/Israel block in their intriguing against Qatar.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  36. Jay Fink says:

    Afghanistan would have better off (or at least more secular which is all I care about) if Russia won and took over the country in 1980. If I’m not mistaken the Taliban was financed by the U.S in order to help beat the Russians. Notice in the Muslim world the U.S always takes the side of the fundamentalist crazies.

    • Agree: S. Anonyia, Lurker
  37. donut says:
    @Cortes

    Women in the US 2021 :

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  38. @Bill Jones

    We misunderstood. The punitive exhibition to Aghanistan was our punishment, not the Afghanis.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  39. @TorontoTraveller

    Not turning him over?

    They asked for evidence and we refused to give them any.

  40. The Soviets did superbly in the Space Race at first, which helped them get cool allies like Fidel Castro, but we won in the end, which helped us get quality allies like Chou En-lai and Anwar Sadat while the Russkies wound up stuck with Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. –Steve on Twitter

    On the other hand, no one understood Arabs as well as Saddam and Gaddafi, who gave them the treatment they so richly deserved. They were the Adrian Petersons of the Sand States.

  41. @usNthem

    Define “whip.” If the Soviet and US military objectives were to “win” a war in Afghanistan, both superpowers could have quickly done so.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @usNthem
  42. @donut

    Women in the US 2021 :

    They can’t be American. Too little skin is showing.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @Jay Fink
  43. @dearieme

    “A war of conquest was bone-headed.” Is that what the US Armed Forces has been doing for 20 years in Afghanistan?

    • Replies: @dearieme
  44. @Kolya Krassotkin

    The punitive exhibition to Aghanistan was our punishment, not the Afghanis.

    What’s an “Afghani”? Anything like a “Sentineli”?

    They may be among the lowest of the Indo-Europeans, but don’t deserve to be tarred with the awful -i ending.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Malla
  45. anonymous[167] • Disclaimer says:

    It might have been better to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan permanently. They would not need to constantly expose themselves to danger, just stay in the country to back up the Afghan government. Now 100,000 Afghans are going to be brought back to the US. And more will follow due to family reunification. Staying and not evacuating Afghans would have been the better of the possible deals.

  46. @Ron Mexico

    If the Soviet and US military objectives were to “win” a war in Afghanistan, both superpowers could have quickly done so.

    Like the Brits before them. There are worse fates than losing Afghanistan. Such as winning Afghanistan.

    Look at Puerto Rico.

    • Agree: Escher, Ron Mexico
  47. @Mike Tre

    “20 Years Later in Afghanistan …”

    …the Taliban found a hidden [sic] cache of unmoderated comments for Steve’s blog.

    They’re still looking for a cache of unmolested boys.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  48. @Pixo

    Absolutely true on all counts and still nothing to compare to the absolute silence and utter inaction from our elected representatives (sic) on any of this.

    As I said, if they weren’t behind it they wouldn’t be so silent and useless.

  49. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    Switzerland has mountains. Tanks work better on flat land.

  50. Now that we are done bombing Afghanistan into democracy, I wonder to which lucky country America will turn its attention next? After a brief 4 year hiatus in new democracy-bombing missions, now that we have a real progressive in office, I have no doubt that we will start a new one, likely in Syria.

    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
  51. LondonBob says:
    @dearieme

    The Victorian British had the good sense to limit their engagements with the Afghans to punitive expeditions after the First Afghan War, very successful it was too.

    https://english.almayadeen.net/articles/opinion/1495522/todays-taliban-may-be-truly-new-and-the-shift-could-transfor

    Today’s Taliban are a far smarter player with broad based support across Afghanistan.

  52. Malla says:
    @usNthem

    They did whip the Brits

    Afghans never whipped the Brits. That is a myth. Afghanistan was never a Graveyard of Empires for the British Empire as it was for the USSR. The British went into Afghanistan because they wanted to use Afghanistan as a buffer State against the Russian Empire, which was the Great Game. They went there to put their own guy Shah Shuja on the throne as the rival Dost Mohammed was Tzarist Russia’s proxy. And they succeeded in putting Shah Shuja on the throne in 1839 and they stayed ther till 1942. Their Army was destroyed and routed during a withdrawal, suddenly and treacherously attacked by Akbar Khan near Khyber Pass and Jallabad. This massacre gave rise to the myth. But it only led to the British Imperial retribution under Frederick Roberts who went up to Kabul and they never left a tree standing, the British took their revenge for the treachery and massacre. That was followed by the Second Anglo-Afghan War, where the British went in and had the treaty of Gandamak where the British gained a lot of territory from the Afghans. In the Third Afghan war, the Afghans (allied, funded and armed by the Kaiserite German Empire, Austri-Hungarian Empire and the Ottomans) attacked British India territory during the WW1. The tactical victory was a British victory and strategic victory was a Afghan victory, as the Afghans could now have their own independent official foreign policy. Till 1926, Afghanistan was a British protectorate. The British in the Empire days handled Afghanistan far better than the USSR and the USA now.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  53. Malla says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Great, the Murican Wall Street ZOG perfidious Empire did not even leave neutral Switzerland alone. Who is safe in this world?

  54. Malla says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Mass immigration and porn. Both pushed by the tribe.
    Why not have this instead?

  55. El Dato says:
    @From Beer to Paternity

    Now listen up, boobus americanus:

    If you want to behave like Tamerlane, at least get the right country.

  56. El Dato says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I think Taliban take about as a dim view of boy molestation as they do of rap.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  57. El Dato says:
    @TorontoTraveller

    As they say, why did Bin Laden need a mythical James-Bond-Antagonist-style “base of operations” in Afghanistan when his people were training in flight simulators in the US and Pakistan was right next door?

    Plus he probably died in 2002 or so.

    Plus he probably wasn’t even involved in 9/11 all that much.

    What’s the deep explanation of these messages from the US govnmt:

    – “Nobody could have foreseen that Bin Laden would hijack airplanes in the US.”
    – Extensive training of just such situations, several on the very day of 9/11
    – A circulating memo “Bin Laden planning to strike in the US” that apparently nobody reads.

    Smells like engineering. And I haven’t even mentioned the “Anthrax attacks” which really put the PATRIOT into the instrumented idiots.

    Also, reminder that “Taliban” are a Saudi/Pakistani product built on US marketing and weapon drops.

  58. dearieme says:
    @Ron Mexico

    Yep, a failed war of conquest. Or maybe they were just pursuing an expensive hobby. Who knows?

  59. Malla says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    lowest of the Indo-Europeans

    Afghans lowest of the Indo-Europeans? Really?

    Afghan Durrani court. Interior of the palace of Shauh Shujah Ool Moolk, Late King of Cabul This lithograph is taken from plate 3 of ‘Afghaunistan’ by British Lieutenant James Rattray. This scene shows Shah Shuja in 1839 after his enthronement as Emir of Afghanistan in the Bala Hissar (fort) of Kabul. Lieutenant Rattray wrote: “The Shah was a man of great personal beauty, and so well got up, that none could have guessed his age.” He continued: “the wild grandeur of the whole pageantry baffles description.”

    What is also interesting is that Pathans/Pastuns and North Indian Brahmins have more Ancient Northern Euro DNA than Armenians and Georgians of today.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  60. @Achmed E. Newman

    Remember the outrage that they made women wear a burka? Now we all have to cover our faces when we go outside, if we’re allowed out at all.
    One might also mention freedom of speech, democracy, security. We’re even oppressed by a mad theocracy.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  61. @Joe Stalin

    The fix was in when they named it the GWOT ‘Global War on Terror’.

    If it had been called the ‘Expeditionary Force to root out Al Qaeda’ this would have had a very narrow scope.

  62. Mr. Anon says:
    @anon

    I am so tired of the “They’re fighting for your freedom” bulls**t. As you point out, we get steadily less free every year. If they’re fighting for our freedom, then they’re doing a lousy job of it.

    Actually for the last several years, they haven’t even used the old “freedom” canard. Like the old WWI British soldiers song, it simply became: “We’re here because we’re here because we’re here because we’re here.”

    The last twenty years of warring in the middle east, and the attendant “War on Terror” at home, should give every American ample reason to not believe a single goddamned thing uttered by the Government.

    • Agree: Old Prude
    • Replies: @Old Prude
  63. “Trump’s most conventional and GOP establishmentarian area was judges and probably his biggest legacy.”

    So what’s going on with the judges? Are they segregated along partisan lines?

    Every judge who hears a Trump supporter case seems to be hand picked to deliver draconian punishment – no bail “because of flight risk”, door-smashing warrants, maximum sentencing, etc.

    Where are the MAGA judges picked by Trump?

  64. Goddard says:
    @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    The result would have been the deaths of millions of Swiss soldiers, Swiss cities bombed into rubble, and foreign armies rampaging across Switzerland committing horrific atrocities against millions of Swiss women and children.

    Au contraire, mon cher. A warlike Switzerland would have spread the Swiss Way of Life throughout Europe and beyond. Their multicultural canton model would have been replicated throughout Europe, with the New Cantons administered from Zurich, the Swiss Imperial Capital. By selfishly staying neutral, Switzerland denied the world a chance to participate in a New Swiss Empire.

    • Replies: @Malla
  65. @Pittsburgh Thatcherite

    George Washington said pretty much the same thing in his departing speech, which was eventually forgotten.

  66. Agree about The Imposters, had the same reaction when I saw it a few years back. It’s pretty great finding a movie you missed that turns out to be fantastic.

  67. Islam or not, the SCO will overwhelm Afghanistan with food and income.

  68. usNthem says:
    @Ron Mexico

    Both the Soviets and US bailed with their tail between their legs. The difference being, the Russians cut their losses fairly quickly while we’ve wasted 20 years, trillions of $$ and multi- thousands of lives on both sides – and accomplished nothing. The British occupying army was all but wiped out in 1841 – done in by Afgani guerrilla fighters, winter and the Khyber Pass. It’s not called the graveyard of empires for nothing.

    • Replies: @Malla
  69. David says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    24 hours after you urged our host to make more of the Pfizer vaccine trial halt, both he and Alex Tabarrok have.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  70. @David

    My name is Achmedmandais, Blogger of Blogs.
    Look at my posts, you Mighty, and despair!

  71. @Nikolai Vladivostok

    Remember the outrage that they made women wear a burka? Now we all have to cover our faces when we go outside, if we’re allowed out at all.

    Good way to put it, Nick.

    No, it’s not the Christian Theocracy that The Handmaid’s Tale and all the lefties were telling us we should be worried about only 20 years ago. It’s the lefties themselves with their Golden Calf of Communism again. “Oh, Spirit of Wokeness, be gentle in your anger. I beseech Thee upon the Nutsack of Mao”.

    .

    (It’s no big fowe paw using “nutsack” around here, is it? I read something recently …)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  72. Jay Fink says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The U.S has actually moved towards women showing less skin and dressing more conservative than they did in the late 20th Century. For example look how mini skirts were a craze in the 60s. Today that would be completely taboo. In the early 70s I watched a children’s show called the New Zoo Review. Host Emmy Jo would wear sexy skirts and boots, today parents would be outraged by that same outfit. Look at all the school dress codes we have now that mostly focus on girls not showing skin. More women dress frumpy and less dress sexy than anytime I can remember. I blame a coalition of Muslims, conservative Christians and sex negative feminists.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Reg Cæsar
  73. @El Dato

    Now listen up, boobus americanus:

    If you want to behave like Tamerlane, at least get the right country.

    Props to you for the cool Jean Shepherd reference. Excelsior! Pops listened to WOR. I’ve also got potsherds here from some sites associated with the Turkic language-speaking Mister T., so I represent a weird intersectionality as the kids say.

    Great moment driving into a village named after the guy: “Timur means iron.”

  74. @El Dato

    Now listen up, boobus americanus:

    If you want to behave like Tamerlane, at least get the right country.

    I do know about Tamerlane, and have visited some of the sites associated with him. Some of my best friends are named Timur.

  75. @Malla

    This scene shows Shah Shuja in 1839

    But what have they done lately? Five out of six countries in Africa are richer than Afghanistan. Which is an improvement over recent years.

  76. Malla says:
    @Goddard

    Why are countries who got it right and thus should have been Imperialists to spread their awesome system, neutral? And countries who have globo-homo, twerking to ghetto thug culture, souless consumerism of plastic crap culture, Imperialists, spreading their shitty system. The World is so upside down. All hail the Great Swiss Empire!!

    At least the Brits and other Europeans/ Japanese had a better system than the Medieval/ savage populations/ Oriental despotic cultures they conquered.

  77. @El Dato

    I think Taliban take about as a dim view of boy molestation as they do of rap.

    Exactly. On this issue, they’re the good guys.

    DoD IG: US troops were told to ignore child sex abuse by Afghan forces

    What does that make us?

    • Replies: @Old Prude
  78. Malla says:
    @usNthem

    It’s not called the graveyard of empires for nothing.

    Afghanistan was no graveyard of the British Empire.
    The massacre led to the British Imperial retribution under Frederick Roberts who went up to Kabul and they never left a tree standing, the British took their revenge for the treachery and massacre. That was followed by the Second Anglo-Afghan War, where the British went in occupied a major chuck of the country and had the treaty of Gandamak where the British gained a lot of territory from the Afghans. Till 1926, Afghanistan was a British protectorate. The British in the Empire days handled Afghanistan far better than the USSR and the USA now.

  79. anon[310] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jay Fink

    In the early 70s I watched a children’s show called the New Zoo Review. Host Emmy Jo would wear sexy skirts and boots, today parents would be outraged by that same outfit.

    O tempora, o mores.

    Today “she” would be a trans in more conservative clothing. Improvement?

  80. SSAR says:
    @usNthem

    The difference is that we Afghans think that you cowards are product of *hit-*ole countries, we also think you are Extream cowards, you came with all your micky mouse war toys and Hollywood bluster with LGBTQZ flags flying and look what we have done to you

  81. Old Prude says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Operation Just beCause.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  82. Old Prude says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “DoD IG: US troops were told to ignore child sex abuse by Afghan forces

    What does that make us?”

    Ans: Proud!

  83. @Jay Fink

    In the early 70s I watched a children’s show called the New Zoo Review.

    Revue. (The same spelling error remains in Steve’s interview with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, though it’s unclear who made it. UPI should have caught it.)

    The U.S has actually moved towards women showing less skin and dressing more conservative than they did in the late 20th Century. For example look how mini skirts were a craze in the 60s.

    In the early 2000s, anal clefts were called “the new cleavage”.

    Avril Lavigne Rocks

    Waistbands: Letting it all hang out

  84. Mr. Anon says:
    @Old Prude

    Operation Just beCause.

    That’s good.

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