Can’t tell the players without a scorecard


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This is what the battle map of Afghanistan looks like after 20 years of Republicrats managing something they think should be called “foreign policy”. Mostly, our two-party system of phonies behaves like monarchs trying to order peasants about.

No surprises here. Those days have been over for more than a century.

13 thoughts on “Can’t tell the players without a scorecard

  1. Santayana says:

    Blowback: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/07/history-trump-cia-was-arming-afghan-rebels-before-soviets-invaded/
    “Deceptions and lies: What really happened in Afghanistan : Part one of an excerpt from “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/08/10/afghanistan-papers-book-dick-cheney-attack/
    Part two: “The grand illusion: Hiding the truth about the Afghanistan war’s ‘conclusion’” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2021/08/12/obama-afghan-war-ending-afghanistan-papers-book-excerpt/

  2. Stupid is as stupid does says:

    The US Carefully Documented Its Total Failure in Afghanistan for 12 Years https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvzaxz/the-us-carefully-documented-its-total-failure-in-afghanistan-for-12-years
    For 12 years, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued grim and detailed reports about America’s failures in the country. No one listened.
    Approximately $144.98 billion has been appropriated for Afghanistan relief and reconstruction since 2002. https://www.sigar.mil/about/index.aspx?SSR=1
    SIGAR reports October 30, 2008 ~ August 11, 2021 at https://www.sigar.mil/allreports/

  3. p/s says:

    As of April, the U.S. has spent $2.261 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, according to the Costs of War project housed at Brown University’s Watson Institute and Boston University’s Pardee Center. https://www.newsweek.com/how-much-did-war-afghanistan-cost-1619687
    The total cost of the war does not include what the U.S. government is obligated to spend on lifetime care for U.S. veterans.
    Linda Bilmes, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, estimates the long-term costs of providing veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq with medical care and disability benefits could end up costing the U.S. government between $2.2 trillion and $2.5 trillion.
    “That’s a conservative number,” she told Newsweek. “That’s gone up a lot because of the extremely high level of disabling conditions, as well as some other reasons.”

  4. Mark says:

    Just imagine if the money squandered in Afghanistan was used for crazy things like infrastructure, health care and education. Imagine!

    Too crazy? Ok, I’ll get my coat…

  5. In the now says:

    ● What we know about Islamic State Khorasan Province : ISKP has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attacks outside Kabul airport. Here’s what we know about this group. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/27/islamic-state-in-khorasan-iskp-aka-isil
    ● “The ISIL–Taliban conflict in Afghanistan is an armed conflict between the Taliban and the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISIL%E2%80%93Taliban_conflict_in_Afghanistan
    ● “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIL–KP or ISKP) is a self-proclaimed branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) active in South Asia and Central Asia, though ISIL denies any connection. Some media sources also use the terms ISK, ISISK, IS–KP, ISIS–K or Daesh–Khorasan in referring to the group.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant_%E2%80%93_Khorasan_Province

    • p/s says:

      One difference between ISIL and other Islamist and jihadist movements, including al-Qaeda, is the group’s emphasis on eschatology and apocalypticism – that is, a belief in a final Day of Judgment by God. ISIL believes that it will defeat the army of “Rome” at the town of Dabiq.
      ISIL also believes that after al-Baghdadi there will be only four more legitimate caliphs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant#Islamic_eschatology
      “Terrorist Groupsin Afghanistan” (Congressional Research Service August 17, 2021) https://sgp.fas.org/crs/row/IF10604.pdf
      “This product outlines major terrorist groups active in Afghanistan that are affiliated and allied with Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or by the Arabic acronym Da’esh), and relations between these groups and other state and non-state actors, most notably the Taliban. The Taliban are not a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).”

    • Realpolitik says:

      “The west has to ask itself: if IS is the enemy, does that make the Taliban our friends?” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/27/islamic-state-enemy-taliban-afghanistan-kabul-airport-bombers
      “…That ISKP is the enemy of both the US and the Taliban is crystal clear. It derives its ideology from the hardline “Salafi-jidahist” doctrines, influenced by Gulf-style Wahabi strands of Muslim observance and the globalised vision of men such as Osama bin Laden. Its ultimate aim is a caliphate stretching across the Islamic world – a single “nation of Islam” within which individual nations are dissolved. One of the insults hurled by ISKP members at the Taliban, who they already consider “apostates” for their (relative) moderation and negotiations with the west, is that they are also nationalists.
      The Taliban have never hidden their belief in the nation state, though it is undoubtedly often tinted with a degree of ethnic and sectarian chauvinism. Nor have the Taliban ever been linked directly to any terrorist attack beyond Afghanistan’s frontiers. They do not seek to establish a caliphate either. The state they have been fighting for is an “emirate”, a much less ambitious proposal than the unified Islamic superpower sought by IS.”

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