Happy New War
by Mark Luedtke
publication date: 011315
With a doubt, the easiest prediction to make about 2015 is the US will continue its failed policy of perpetual war.
Recently, the press made a big deal about the US ending the war in Afghanistan. CBS News wrote: “The US Formally Ends the War in Afghanistan”. Hooray for President Obama. He’s earning his laughable Nobel Peace Prize. This sounds like a reason to celebrate. Except it’s not true. Even the propagandists at CBS were forced to admit: “The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.” The ceremony was symbolic in contrast to being real. Those 13,500 troops will continue combat.
Obama and his war profiteer allies never intended to end the war. In early December, lame duck Secretary of Defense Hagel announced the US would keep 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than previously planned to continue the war. The Concord Monitor reports, “[Afghan President] Ghani said Afghanistan is determined to ensure that the Taliban is not able to reverse the security gains of recent years. ‘What we strive for is normalcy,’ he said.” I’m pretty sure former Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki said the same thing a few years ago. I wonder if he’s still alive.
It wasn’t too long ago all US troops were committed to leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But Obama didn’t want to end the war, so he negotiated an extension. MSNBC reported in May, “The U.S. intends to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan after it formally ends the war later this year, Obama said. After that, the U.S. will continue an ‘advisory’ role in aiding the Afghan government, ending almost 13 years of war in the region.” “Nearly 10,000” turned into 13,500. Obama’s lies make bold headlines, and then he quietly increases the number of targets to be killed.
But the warmonger-in-chief isn’t satisfied with killing Americans and foreigners in Afghanistan. He wants to fight a third major war in Iraq. Every step he takes escalates the war as he builds support for it with reluctant Americans. While headlines proclaim Obama won’t put boots on the ground, it seems every week he quietly sends more troops to Iraq. Those US soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq know their boots are on the ground.
In November, Obama sent an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq, doubling their number. But that’s not enough. Secretary of State Kerry, who infamously voted for the last Iraq war before he voted against it, has requested funding for more troops from Congress. Our rulers intend to kill more Americans in Iraq making things worse, as if they haven’t killed enough and made things bad enough already. We can only wish for the good ol’, relatively peaceful rule of Saddam Hussein.
Obama is using the Vietnam playbook. He calls all these troops advisers. Anybody old enough to remember the Vietnam War will understand this lie. For those who haven’t learned about it - government schools won’t teach it - ask your parents. Better yet, ask a vet.
But perpetual war in the Middle East is old news. New wars are more exciting, and Obama delivers. He and his banker allies are instigating a new war against Russia on the Black Sea.
President Bush the Elder promised Mikhail Gorbachev the US would never extend NATO toward Russia. Consummate liar that he is, like all presidents are, he probably said it with a straight face. I bet he and the successive presidents have a great belly laugh together when they talk about it.
In the grand tradition of Democrat warmongers like Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Clinton - all Democrat presidents since 1900 - Obama plans to send 150 US tanks to Russia’s border. The Straits Times reports, “The move is part of a US effort dubbed Operation Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises.”
The second stupidest place to fight a war after Afghanistan is the Balkans. Not satisfied with losing one war in the graveyard of empires, Obama wants to lose a second war in the next worst graveyard of empires.
And the US-backed fascist, puppet regime in Ukraine, installed by a US and European Union coup, stokes the flames while committing genocide against ethnic Russians and forcing Jews to flee. The British Broadcasting Corporation reports, “Ukraine's parliament has voted to drop the country's non-aligned status and work towards NATO membership.” Russia’s Foreign Minister called the vote counterproductive. That’s an understatement.
But the latest news says Obama secretly communicated to Russian President Putin, as he did with the Iranians to great success, I mean no avail. Putin is as susceptible to Obama’s purported charm as the oceans Obama promised to stop from rising.But don’t despair if this isn’t enough war. Obama could invade Venezuela next.
Originally published in the Dayton City Paper.