USA Wars: News from the front


 

Here we go with the news that is making our military-industrial complex squeal like a stuck pig. Bringing the boys home… heresy to those who have a need for a war somewhere. Always. The best part is now they have no shame. They use to hide their nefarious actions but no more. James Jeffrey is more than happy to claim the title of a treasonous scoundrel. Here we go:

 

James Jeffrey—who is retiring from his posts as the Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS — reportedly said that “shell games” have been used to avoid telling U.S. leaders the true number of American troops in Syria.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey said, according to Defense One.

Amb. James Jeffrey, special representative for Syria Engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat Islamic State, speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

Jeffrey reportedly said that when President Donald Trump was interested in withdrawing from Syria, arguments against a withdrawal were presented to the commander in chief.

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“What Syria withdrawal? There was never a Syria withdrawal,” Jeffrey told the outlet. “When the situation in northeast Syria had been fairly stable after we defeated ISIS, [Trump] was inclined to pull out. In each case, we then decided to come up with five better arguments for why we needed to stay. And we succeeded both times. That’s the story.” From Just the news

Wandering over the Afghanistan:

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell warned against a potentially “humiliating” withdrawal that threatens to undo Trump’s “tremendous” work in the region. The GOP leader said a “premature exit” would be reminiscent of the U.S. departure from Saigon in 1975. Leaving Afghanistan now “would be broadcast around the world as a symbol of U.S. defeat and humiliation and a victory for Islamic extremism,” McConnell said.

 

 

Acting Secretary of Defense Miller to officially announce U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq from the Pentagon.

 

 

We can count on Liz Cheney. June 2020.

 

 

The Democrats pitched in:

House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany. July,2020.

The bipartisan commitment to using Russia for endless war and imperialism remains vibrant.

THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN fighting in Afghanistan for almost nineteen years. House Democrats, working in tandem with key pro-war GOP lawmakers such as Rep. Liz Cheney, are ensuring that continues.

Last night, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment — jointly sponsored by Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and Congresswoman Cheney of Wyoming — prohibiting the expenditure of monies to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan below 8,000 without a series of conditions first being met.

The imposed conditions are by no means trivial: for these troop reductions from Afghanistan to be allowed, the Defense Department must be able to certify, among other things, that leaving Afghanistan “will not increase the risk for the expansion of existing or formation of new terrorist safe havens inside Afghanistan” and “will not compromise or otherwise negatively affect the ongoing United States counter terrorism mission against the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and associated forces.”

Read more The Intercept

Speaking of Liz – I add a refresher. Let’s roll back to 2013 and her Institute for the study of war. Wander over for the full read.

Liz Cheney, Elizabeth O’Bagy, Military contractors- a toxic brew

Just what is the  Institute for the Study of War? Unfortunately,  much of their original information disappeared yesterday from their website. Thanking various military contractors for hosting dinners, and of course Liz Cheney’s name and picture are no longer prominently displayed.

ISW has increasingly drawn support from military contractors with stakes in the issues that the institute studies. “According to ISW’s last annual report,” noted Consortium News in December 2012, “its original supporters were mostly right-wing foundations, such as the Smith-Richardson Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, but it now is backed by national security contractors, including major ones like Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and CACI, as well as lesser-known firms such as DynCorp International, which provides training for Afghan police, and Palantir, a technology company founded with the backing of the CIA’s venture-capital arm, In-Q-Tel. Palantir supplies software to U.S. military intelligence in Afghanistan.”[18]

 

Other than that all is swell in the swamp.

 

 

 

20 Responses to “USA Wars: News from the front”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    Trump is doing over there what they have all promised to do but didn’t have the guts to go through with, it really is about time we bring them all home.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. markone1blog Says:

    How can any withdrawal from Afghanistan after about 21 year be freaking premature? I know that I have only been a civilian, but surely there is no definition of premature that stretches to these lengths.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. peter3nj Says:

    our boys Nothing much to say following Mustang’s as usual brilliant take on things but basically all our boys blood and no treasure(the oil was left for an assortment of ungrateful sand monkeys to stay in business) except for the bastards running things here and as been said many times over our boys guts and no glory for this country.

    One more point echoing what Mustang wrote about flattening A-stenchistan, if Blustering Bumbling Bush was serious he would have issued shoot to kill orders at both our southern and northern borders on 9/12 backed up with a mere fraction of our then $12 trillion military. We would have heard nary a peep from our anti-american American friends on the left. But lets give credit where credit is due in that Bush did get Osama’s family out of this country before the blood had dried at ground zero.

    China’s going to love running this place.

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  4. Always On Watch Says:

    Mustang nailed it!

    Damn, but I’m sick of all the 1984 crap!

    Liked by 6 people

  5. Mustang Says:

    Ah, yes … the military-industrial complex. We refer to it as complex for a reason. Everyone involved in it behaves like greedy little piglets fighting over who gets the fattest teat. The winner, hands down, is the Air Force. They have never seen a multi-billion dollar project they didn’t just love to pieces. I see little difference between the three-and-four star general gleefully going through the Toys-R-Us catalog of next year’s offerings and the hundreds (perhaps, thousands) of DoD bureaucrats “responsible” for acquisitions. We pay these civilian employees, on average, between $90 – 125,000 a year to find ways to spend our tax dollars. The generals, though … well, they’ll all end up working for Lockheed after retirement. That’s where the kickbacks come in.

    America’s war machine has nothing to do with our forces. If there was a connection between the war-makers and our troops, our war-makers would lead them into battle. No, that’s never happened. Neither members of congress, nor high ranking DoD officials, or any of their sons have ever led a combat platoon into the hell of lethal contact. That’s for somebody else’s kids to do. Cheney is particularly odious—but she’s not alone by any stretch. Okay, Liz … tell us, what ARE the interests of the American people? How does the war in Afghanistan serve the interests of any of us? Has it made our drugs of choice cheaper? Do Americans get discounts on goat-cheese? What?

    The thing is, as I see it, if people from Afghanistan planned and carried out the murder of 3,000 of our people on 9/11, then by the end of 2003, there should have been this vast land called the Afghan plain where no human being exists and cannot exist over the next 70,000 years. Did that happen? No. What happened is that we sent our troops to Afghanistan to re-build a nation that never existed, placed our troops in situations where they could be shot in the back by Moslems wearing our uniforms, and for the mere privilege of being able to do this, the US government delivered bushel baskets full of cash every morning to Karzai and his replacements. So, tell me again how Afghanistan (or Iraq) is in America’s best interests.

    Now we have a Marine Corps Commandant whose force planning involves structuring a battalion landing team to take on the entire Chinese army. Oh, the man has his heart in the right place —he’s 100% behind promoting coloreds under the affirmative action program— but he has his brains stuffed so far up his ass a team of surgeons with electron microscopes could never find them. We didn’t have the will to “take out” Afghan Muslims, but now we’re preparing to take on the Chinese military in their own territory? Give me a break.

    Who are you voting for, America? Someone like John Kerry, who hasn’t seen the football since kick-off? Liz Cheney, who couldn’t get laid in the Navy enlisted club? Joe Biden, who has dementia, or Nancy Pelosi, who’s rotting away from the inside? And you then expect a different result in the way our country is going? Man … either Americans need to get a grip, or they’d better start getting used to Chinese food.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Not to worry Mustang… Susan Rice our next Secretary of State, and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of Defense it has been reported to be, will give us loads of new wars and lands to invade and disrupt as they did previously.Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
      Three women who brought us the new long war in Libya

      https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/three-women-who-brought-us-the-new-long-war-in-libya/

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    • kidme37 Says:

      Ok, some Hindsight, but we should have sent in two teams, one from the North and one from the South of Tora Bora, finding no drowned rat looking POS name osama, we skeedadle, wait for Mecca and Medina to fill up with the islamic obsessed and nuke them both to the point of never being useable again by humans, then tell the world if they don’t like it too damn bad and do they want to see what vaporization feels like too.
      So, I’m a scorched Earth guy.

      No, we’re going to kiss their asses and pay them welfare to breed us out while 70% of America has not the slightest clue about any of this.

      Liked by 1 person

      • bunkerville Says:

        If we could do it to Japan and do it the old fashioned way in Germany… wiping everything of value off the map, why not?

        Like

      • kidme37 Says:

        Plus in my mind, the islamic need to be sure that when they step out of line they will be paying a much higher price than they are maybe willing to pay. If they keep it up, then we step up the pain. If necessary they’ll all be back in caves riding camels.

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  6. Linda Says:

    You know I firmly believe those who don’t follow orders from the Commander in Chief ought to be charged with treason, just saying.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. kidme37 Says:

    Mitch McChuckles needs to go to A-stan and drop a couple arms and;/or legs on the ground then come back and tell us why being there is worth more than a bag of moldy raccoon scat on Rodeo drive. Take your wife too Mitch.

    Well, DJT has gotten rid of Esper and now the cyber-security chief. Keep going through these agencies until you get to the janitors Donald !

    Liked by 5 people


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