Rich wrote:The Afghan war was a sop to an enraged public.
To a significant extent, yes.
late wrote:In the aftermath of 9/11 the Bush administration was desperate to divert Americans anger away from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia the real powers behind 9/11. Its utterly preposterous to think that Osama Bin Laden was allowed to prosecute a war from Taliban territory without the approval of the Pakistani and Saudi security apparatuses.
Well I agree to a significant extent. I think the Saudis wanted the US military out of the KoSA, but the US was concerned about an aggressive Iraq especially after Khafji. As for Pakistan, that's why the war has lasted so long. The Taliban still operate out of Pakistan (Waziristan). That's why I found the CIA edits in "Left of Boom" so comical, because it was so obvious what border the author was referring to. It's why I have so little faith in the CIA anymore.
Rich wrote:I supported it because it was the right thing to do, bringing majority rule to Iraq and strengthen the 90% Muslim Shia minority (on a world scale) against the greater enemy 100% Muslim Sunni majoirty.
I did too, but I was skeptical of the nation-building rhetoric but recall buying off on it and later regretting that part of it.
late wrote:That's pre-capitalist.
The Modern world, which was built because of capitalism, has a lot of needs. Plagues, for example, are considered a bad thing.
You just said we should let nature have it's way with us. Which is crazy.
Obviously, I was being facetious.
late wrote:Plagues, for example, are considered a bad thing.
Why? Don't you think the world is overpopulated and global warming is going to kill us all? Wouldn't a plague cull the herd so to speak?