Friday, July 24, 2009
From Iraq to Afghanistan, US Wars Not Going According to Plan
From Iraq to Afghanistan, US Wars Not Going According to Plan by William Pfaff
"This is not the way this war was supposed to end. For younger readers: Six years ago the American intervention was supposed to end in a multi-party democratic government, an ally of Israel against the supposed menace of Iran, the strategic base and headquarters for the U.S. as dominant actor in a "New Middle East," and a permanent and secure source of oil for the United States. None of this has happened. Iran is the principal beneficiary."
"The growing opinion in Europe is that Afghanistan is the United States’ "new Vietnam." The truth is that it is worse than Vietnam."
Poll: Majority in US Oppose Both Wars Growing Pessimism About Iraq Pullout Timetable by Jason Ditz
Can America Prevail on Afghanistan/Pakistan Front? No! It's Obama's war now, and a Vietnam-like quagmire is dead ahead. by Helen Thomas
Dubya's Dallas: Into the Belly of the Beast by Ray McGovern
From this article:
Okay, so maybe I laid it on a little thick in citing what Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering told his American interrogator in Nuremberg:
"Naturally, the common people do not want war. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a communist dictatorship....
"The people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."