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Will Special Interests Allow America’s ‘Longest War’ to Finally End?
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Even if “won,” endless wars like our 20 year assault on Afghanistan would not benefit our actual national interest in the slightest. So why do these wars continue endlessly? Because they are so profitable to powerful and well-connected special interests. In fact, the worst news possible for the Beltway military contractor/think tank complex would be that the United States actually won a war. That would signal the end of the welfare-for-the-rich gravy train.

In contrast to the end of declared wars, like World War II when the entire country rejoiced at the return home of soldiers where they belonged, an end to any of Washington’s global military deployments would result in wailing and gnashing of the teeth among the military-industrial complex which gets rich from other people’s misery and sacrifice.

Would a single American feel less safe if we brought home our thousands of troops currently bombing and shooting at Africans?

As Orwell famously said, “the war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.” Nowhere is this more true than among those whose living depends on the US military machine constantly bombing people overseas.

How many Americans, if asked, could answer the question, “why have we been bombing Afghanistan for an entire generation?” The Taliban never attacked the United States and Osama bin Laden, who temporarily called Afghanistan his home, is long dead and gone. The longest war in US history has dragged on because…it has just dragged on.

So why did we stay? As neocons like Max Boot tell it, we are still bombing and killing Afghans so that Afghan girls can go to school. It’s a pretty flimsy and cynical explanation. My guess is that if asked, most Afghan girls would prefer to not have their country bombed.

Indeed, war has made the Beltway bomb factories and think tanks rich. As Brown University’s Cost of War Project has detailed, the US has wasted $2.26 trillion dollars on a generation of war on Afghanistan. Much of this money has been spent, according to the US government’s own Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, on useless “nation-building” exercises that have built nothing at all. Gold-plated roads to nowhere. Aircraft that cannot perform their intended functions but that have enriched contractors and lobbyists.

President Biden has announced that the US military would be out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. But as always, the devil is in the details. It appears that US special forces, CIA paramilitaries, and the private contractors who have taken an increasing role in fighting Washington’s wars, will remain in-country. Bombing Afghans so that Max Boot and his neocons can pat themselves on the back.

But the fact is this: Afghanistan was a disaster for the United States. Only the corrupt benefitted from this 20 year highway robbery. Will we learn a lesson from wasting trillions and killing hundreds of thousands? It is not likely. But there will be an accounting. The piper will be paid. Printing mountains of money to pay the corrupt war profiteers will soon leave the working and middle classes in dire straits. It is up to non-interventionists like us to explain to them exactly who has robbed them of their future.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Afghanistan, American Military, Joe Biden 
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  1. “Would a single American feel less safe if we brought home our thousands of troops currently bombing and shooting at Africans?”

    YES, I will.

    Why?

    Because those troops are no longer human beings – they are killer robots.

    When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, there were only 3 provinces producing heroin.
    In less than 5 years, 28 provinces were producing drugs exported from Afghanistan by the US intelligence personnel and their local warlord associates.

    If you ask the CIA and their contractors to come home, how are you going to feed them? There are no drugs they live off of in the US. They’re dangerous and should stay where they are.

    As far as those that are in Africa are concerned, they should not be allowed in the US because they are infested with malaria (tropical disease unknown in North America) – Covid-19 is already enough.

    US soldiers should be protecting the US boarders – that’s all. Africa, Europe, Asia do not border the USA.

    • Replies: @Franz
  2. Will special interests finally allow the longest war to finally end?? EXACTLY!! It is always, one hundred percent of the time true both now and historically, that special interests do the moving and the shaking. The masses have NEVER influenced a single important historical event aside from being prodded and poked by the “special interests”. (elite)

  3. Antiwar7 says:

    “As neocons like Max Boot tell it, we are still bombing and killing Afghans so that Afghan girls can go to school.”

    And they still can’t, for the most part! Not that that’s a reason to bomb a country, but even that “reason” fails to hold water.

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  4. @Antiwar7

    They spent $2 trillion, killed 3000 US soldiers, killed 100000s Afghans so that Afghan girls can go to school !!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Malla
  5. Franz says:
    @Nostradamus

    Hey nos,

    Don’t be so hard on the vets. Many returning from Afghanistan have pretty solid reasons for opposing that war and the rot it exposes at the top. The US will benefit hearing from them, once they are able to speak safely about what we’re really there for…

    …like the point you address:

    When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, there were only 3 provinces producing heroin. In less than 5 years, 28 provinces were producing drugs exported from Afghanistan by the US intelligence personnel and their local warlord associates.

    If Ron Paul were not a Libertarian he would address the issue a bit more accurately: Big Pharma got together with the neocon NGOs and made a deal to make loads of money and play “patriot” at the same time.

    They got the CDC to ban all opium-based painkillers in the US forcing chronic pain patients to buy from the illegal market the CDC created. And letting the CDC go right on selling the lie that “using is abusing” even though humans have had centuries of experience using these substances safely.

    The Russians probably see their error now: They were in-country for years and would not continence selling dope. Marxist-Leninist morality tripped them up again.

  6. Malla says:
    @Nostradamus

    If you understand the US and Western deep States and the weird Satanic mix of finance “credit card” Capitalism, Zionism first policy, Military-Industrial Complex and Cultural Marxism (feminism, globo-homo, ghetto cultha, Modern “Art”, support for woke thugs etc..) all rolled in one at the top, you should not find that surprising.

  7. Realist says:

    Will Special Interests Allow America’s ‘Longest War’ to Finally End?

    No.

  8. I need one big [AGREE!] button for the whole column. Thank you, Ron Paul.

  9. @Antiwar7

    “empowering young women” was the identity politics to get the liberal side of the political equation to go along with it.

  10. Jokem says:

    I would feel less safe if we brought our military home from Afghanistan, but I would not carry out this conflict in the manner it has been done.

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