March 11, 2013

President Hamid Karzai has been very critical of the US lately and while many are suggesting that he's doing this for political reasons, it's still bizarre. On Sunday, Karzai promoted an Alex Jones type of conspiracy theory that we have a new dance partner in the disastrous war in Afghanistan---the Taliban:

The commander of the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan has taken exception to President Hamid Karzai's contention that the United States and the Taliban were holding daily talks, and that the militant group prefers that foreign troops remain in the country.

"We have fought too hard over the past 12 years. We have shed too much blood over the past 12 years. We have done too much to help the Afghan Security Forces grow over the last 12 years to ever think that violence or instability would be to our advantage," said Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force.

On Sunday, after a weekend bombing in Kabul that killed at least nine people, Karzai said there are "ongoing daily talks between Taliban, American and foreigners in Europe and in the Gulf states. "Saturday's attack, Karzai said, shows "that Taliban want longer presence of foreigners -- not their departure from Afghanistan.

I wonder what we'll get for a trillion dollars? I remember back in 2003 during a Senate hearing, when Paul Wolfwoitz told America that Iraq was a very wealthy country and that they could largely finance their own reconstruction and our media didn't bother to investigate. We weren't even talking about the costs of Afghanistan because Iraq was on Bush's mind and so the media dropped it from the equation. Back then, Afghanistan was much more of an afterthought, since Saddam was going to drop yellow cake aluminum tubes on us at any time and no serious Beltway person considered the costs of that invasion as anything but a nuisance.

Flashing forward to 2013 we now see how much blood and treasure Iraq and Afghanistan has cost us via They put the cost right now at over 619 billion dollars and counting. Total cost for both wars is over 1.4 trillion dollars.

Isn't it nice to know that we've always had the money to blow shit up and attacking countries that never attacked us with little thought going into financing these endeavors, but the last few years the rage has been about having our safety net programs slashed because....well, our federal debt is the greatest threat to our freedom according to the media and Republicans.

And Obama has done nothing to dissuade them from their course.

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