Afghanistan: the cynical betrayal of US imperialism

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    • #440874
      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Marxist.com) America’s longest war has ended in abject shame and humiliation for US imperialism. Twenty years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the most powerful military force the world has ever known has been dealt total defeat at the hands of a band of primitive religious zealots.

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      Only months ago, when announcing the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden promised that he would guarantee the survival of the Afghan regime, that he would prevent the re-emergence of outright Islamist rule, and that he would protect women’s rights. He would achieve this, somehow, while troops were removed to a safe distance. But it quickly became clear that the US could barely guarantee the safety of its own personnel, let alone the safety of the Afghan people.

      Even many of those who had the financial means to secure tickets abroad by air could not board their planes. The US military had shut down Kabul airport to make way for its own flights. Of course, this was the fate of the few well-to-do and middle-class people. Most Afghans cannot even afford a taxi ride to the airport. For them, there is little to do now, but to wait and prepare to endure new, more excruciating levels of hardship.

      Eventually, the huge crowds that gathered at the airport since the Taliban took control of the capital, took over the runways in desperate attempts to escape the country. They knew now that their lives were at risk merely for being seen to return home from the airport. But rather than welcoming them, US forces reportedly fired into the air to disperse the crowds of people trying to force their way onto the planes. On Monday two men were killed by US soldiers, while three were reported to have died after falling from the underside of a plane that they had attempted to cling to shortly after take-off. This is a measure of how US imperialism views its ‘allies’ – they are cannon fodder as long as they are useful. Then they are discarded as so much useless trash once they have outlived their usefulness.

      Full article hereThis is from a new source for me, Marxist.com. They also have a YouTube channel–IMTV(International Marxist TV), which can be found by searching for IMTV Marxist in the You Tube search function. There are dozens of IMTVs, and the algorithm brings this channel up last. 

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    • #440885
      jbnw
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      The military and intelligence community has known this is a failure for decades.

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      PADemD
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      • #440908
        jbnw
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        From a reasonably reputable source – the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-54553132

        The New York Post cited a purported email from Hunter Biden in August 2017 indicating he was receiving a $10m annual fee from a Chinese billionaire for “introductions alone”, though it is unclear who was involved in the alleged introductions.

        Another purported email, which Fox News said it had confirmed, reportedly refers to a deal pursued by Hunter involving China’s largest private energy firm. It is said to include a cryptic mention of “10 held by H for the big guy”.

        Fox News cited unnamed sources as saying “the big guy” in the purported email was a reference to Joe Biden. This message is said to be from May 2017. Both emails would date from when the former US vice-president was a private citizen.

        Tony Bobulinski told Fox News that, contrary to Joe Biden’s statements that he had nothing to do with his son’s business affairs, Hunter had “frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals” in China.

        Mr Bobulinski, who is reportedly a US Navy veteran, separately told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he had met on two occasions with Joe Biden to discuss business deals with China, the first time in May 2017 when Barack Obama’s former vice-president was a private citizen.


        @pademd

    • #440902
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      And if the US government wants more control over its economic relationship with China, they need to bring manufacturing back home. If they’re not willing to do that, and they’re not, I don’t want to hear any crying over rising China.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

      • #440909
        jbnw
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        and it’s hard to shake that attitude, no matter how often I see that the US only cares about corporations, from off-shoring and out-sourcing jobs and manufacturing, tax breaks, economic corporate stimulation etc. etc.


        @ohiobarbarian

        • #440916
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          Whatever was left disappeared last year when the government refused to implement either emergency M4A or UBI. Then nothing fundamentally changed when the other party of the kleptocracy took power. That was it for me. Now I don’t believe anything they say without independent confirmation, and the corporate media does not count.

          That’s at the federal level. There are state and local exceptions, but they have little real power.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

          • #440922
            Punxsutawney
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            The people running this country don’t care about its citizens anymore than they did their supporters in Afghanistan. We are just here to have our labor and whatever little wealth extracted for their benefit. Discarded and left to die.

            In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

            Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

            “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

          • #440931
            jbnw
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            but the thought “I must be wrong about this” still comes to mind. I will be very, very sad when I stop even thinking it.


            @ohiobarbarian

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