Friday, February 05, 2010

Dancing in the Dark

McClatchy has always seemed a bit better on their reporting than some other news outlets. Today they have the following article which almost seems anti-war, a shocking event from any news outlet.


Report:8 Americans Died Defending Worthless Afghan Outpost

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military investigation into a battle last October in eastern Afghanistan that cost eight American soldiers their lives has concluded that the small outpost was worthless, the troops there didn't understand their mission, and intelligence and air support were tied up elsewhere in the province.

American troops dying for nothing, even the blood and guts patriots could get upset about that, and it’s almost anti-war. I think we could expand on the two main points of interest from the above quote. First, the report concluded the outpost was worthless, yay, a good start but let’s stretch it to – the whole war is worthless except to a bunch of politicians and the fat corporate cats perched on top of the economic pyramid. Second, the troops didn’t understand their mission. Well that goes without saying believing that they are defending mother and apple pie. The thing is very few understand the “mission” yet again to admit that the troops, our vaunted heroes, are confused about the “mission” is a step in the right direction for our news media. There is no mission other than to keep the imperial wars churning, bouncing back and forth between different occupations and fronts. Tired of Iraq? Well then, we’ll just bounce on over to Afghanistan. Tired of Afhanistan? Time to jump back to Iraq! But then there are oodles of options; Yemen, Iran, Somalia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, China, maybe back to Vietnam! Uruguay, Paraguay, they’re in the way! The Bronx, Watts, hell we could bomb those bastards as well, we’ll just call them al Qaida.

If you took our entire culture beginning with the brain washing received in public schools (I pledge allegiance to the flag) and the ceaseless propaganda we are fed as adults you could embody it all as a piece of cloth wrapped about our eyes while we grope around in the dark avoiding the truth where ever it might lay. Sort of like that statue of blind justice except without the justice part.


At February 06, 2010 4:26 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Well said, Rob. I mentioned this particular horror in my blog today, also. The pain and suffering that goes on is acceptable to our leaders, I guess,as long as it doesn't directly affect them.

At February 06, 2010 4:19 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Hi Mimi, you made some good points on your blog and I agree - as long as it doesn't affect them which of course it never does.


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