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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One More Thing I Am Annoyed About!!

When W was president, the generals went to him with a plan to bump up the number of troops in Iraq.  They called it a "surge" and it was claimed to be wildly successful in winding down the war in Iraq.

 What actually happened is that we started paying young Sunni males $100 a month to stop killing Shias.  And, surprise, it worked like gang busters.  They took the money and stopped killing Shias.  (Note that they are now killing each other again, but we are gone and the payments have stopped.)

But when it came to Afghanistan, the surge didn't work, Period!!

I don't know whether we offered the Taliban males (of course, there are only males) money to stop killing us, but I doubt it.

In Iraq, we got in the middle of a religious war to see who would hold political power.

In Afghanistan, we got into the middle of a cultural war that have been going on for a thousand years.  The Russians lost it.  The British before them lost it.  All the way back to Genghis Khan, outsiders have been losing the war in Afghanistan.

As the German philosopher said, "All we ever learn from history is that we never learn anything from history!"

And by the way, do you know how much it costs us to wage this losing war in Afghanistan?

Two Billion Dollars A DAY!!!


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