Summary: Recommendation: when you see someone ranting about Benghazi Benghazi BENGHAZI, ask why they are more concerned with the few dead in that incident than our troops pointlessly fighting now in Afghanistan. If he has no good answer, but continues to rant about Benghazi, spit on him. Or rather, tell them they deserve to be spit at (if this were a just world).
Our troops fought and suffered in Iraq — 32 thousand injured or crippled, 4,489 died.
Our troops fight today in Afghanistan, still paying in blood for our mad foreign policy.
Most of the people (not all) seeking to exploit the few deaths in Benghazi either did not care about the toll those men or women paid — or cheered the war despite the toll, despite its obvious stupidity, as seen in the total failure of either war to produce significant gains for America. And they care nothing for the ongoing waste of lives in Afghanistan.
Lives of men and women spent carelessly, like bullets fired into the air by cowboys drunk on the strength.
Nothing shows our ovine nature like the passivity with which we allowed our leaders to led us into those war, enterprises both decked with lies, executed from start to finish incompetently. No wonder the 1% regard us with contempt, and believe that they can govern America better than we do.
One tragedy of the Iraq War was that by 2007 the conclusion was obvious (see the posts below) but we fought on until kicked out by Iraq in December 2011.
Someday we will erect cold marble tributes to the lives spent in these wars. A far better recognition would be to learn something from them, which so far we show no signs of doing.
In fact we show no sign even today of seeing more clearly what’s happening there, as journalists continue to report each event as would an amnesic — ignorant of how today’s events fit into the history since we invaded in 2003.
Please bookmark this website, showing US military dead in the Afghanistan War (it does not show casualties). 118 YTD, wasted lives. Sacrifices to a mad foreign policy.
We cannot continue like this if we hope to prosper in the 21st century.
Slow and stupid are the two sins Nature’s God always punishes.
Key Posts about the Iraq War
I and hundreds of others warned about the madness of this war, all drowned out by the chorus of war mongers and cheerleaders consumed by bloodlust. Here are some of the more prescient posts on the FM website.
(a) For all post see the
(b) Most important post about Iraq, describing why it need not have ended list this:
(c) The reasons we fought in Iraq:
- Stratfor’s analysis of US reasons for invading and occupying Iraq, 4 March 2008
- Why we fight. Causes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan., 5 August 2009 — A look at one of Ralph Peters most brilliant and insightful essays.
(d) The folly of the Iraq War
- Stratfor asks “Jihadists in Iraq: Down For The Count?”, 1 May 2010 — Our special ops killers fought the hydra, and lost
- We paid the insurgents in Iraq; it looked good in dispatches (ignore the long-term effects), 19 May 2010
- Looking back at how our folly and ignorance fanned the flames in Iraq, 3 June 2012
(e) The results from the Iraq War:
- The Iraq insurgency has ended, which opens a path to peace, 13 March 2007 — My first prediction of the outcome
- Beyond Insurgency: An End to Our War in Iraq, 27 September 2007 — More detailed predictions
- Iraq, after the war, 20 May 2008
- Slowly the new Iraq becomes visible, 18 July 2008
- If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the cost?, 15 July 2009
- We collect our winnings in Iraq, 12 December 2009
- One criterion of victory in Iraq: when will the oil flow?, 3 February 2010
- The end of our Expedition to Iraq: war-boosters cheer despite its long-predicted failure., 24 October 2011
(f) Lessons from Iraq:
- The trinity of US tactics – a constant in our small wars but invisible to us. First, use massive firepower., 8 December 2011
- How many generals would Lincoln have fired to win in Iraq & Afghanistan?, 3 December 2012
- Keep fighting! We must not learn from our wars., 5 December 2013
Our invasions unleashed chaos into the world. Unlike Pandora’s box, all that remains is knowledge. If we choose to take it.