Not a surprise that Russia has a robust lobbying and PR presence in the USA, but still good to be aware of.
Above was the moment when Putin knew for sure that Obama wasn’t much of a player.
There are actually 2 major reasons. The first is that Afghanistan is at the crossroads of Asia. The power which controls Afghanistan controls the Khyber Pass and with it access to the Indian sub-continent. To the east is China. To the north Russia, to the west the Middle East. Though it’s a rough neighborhood the real estate is prime location-wise.
Afghanistan stinks. The death, despair, cronyism, corruption, the companies licking their chops over lithium and rare earths deposits, the endless funds which are printed here and flow through Kabul to God only knows where, the “heroin bomb” dropped on American cities. The country may look like heaven in places, but for America it has been hell.
This seems, unwise.
War is often a waste. A waste of people and treasure and other things. This is a treasure story.
You know the Military Industrial Complex has spun out of control when the founder of Blackwater has a change of heart. I’m not letting this guy off the hook, he should have been saying this stuff in 2006, but I am pleased that he is at least saying something now.
Time to spend another $4 billion on a new one.
I agree with him. If the Tea Party is truly, honest to goodness, for small government it should be for reducing the size of our military as well as for reducing domestic spending. I know for a fact that some people within what is called the Tea Party are all for cutting the size of the military, but still too few.
The mix of smugness and absolute absurdity was too entertaining for me not to post. Another example of the crony media trying to beat the war drums and save face for the president.