Friday, December 13, 2019

Pentagon Papers 2.0

(Image by Steve Breen)

I never read any of The Pentagon Papers.  I was still in grade school when the scandal initially erupted, was aware of the gist of the issue but never bothered to delve deeply into it.

Basically, a number of leaders and sections of the Department of Defense lied to Congress and the American public about various aspects of the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

One would think "The Pentagon" learned its lesson.

Apparently not.

Amid all the nothingburgers Congressional Dimtards are cooking up attempting to unseat Trump the Usurper, a true bombshell detonated earlier this week.

The Washington Post (WaPo) broke the story of confidential documents revealed US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan.

My paltry experience in the post-9/11 middle east consists of three 3-month rotations and none of them were to Afghanistan.

One of my friends at work was assigned to a special operations support unit and has 4 year-long rotations under his belt.

He said that when he noticed the civilian contractors in Afghanistan outnumbered military personnel, he figured all we were doing was "feeding the military-industrial complex."

My comment to Comrade Karla who informed us of this debacle was: 

Lessons learned from 'Nam & The 'Stan--
--Kill bad guys
--break their toys
--forgo "nation-building/winning-the-hearts-and-minds,"
--leave enemy-held facilities a smoking ruin.

His response:  Rubble makes no trouble.

Seriously, I'm all for punitive raids, like "Bag Baghdadi," but I'd rather not see America continue shedding blood & treasure in shithole countries with no clear-cut objective of achieving victory.

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