Saturday, February 1, 2014


I realize that diplomacy requires speaking softly and reference to a large stick but I think the State Department needs to branch out a bit and hire some men for a change. While they're at it they should probably hire these men from some of the rougher arenas of life such as the Institute for Advanced Finger Puppet Design or the Synchronized Men's Swim Team. I know, I've set my sights too low but we have at least 3 more years of this before we can hope to get ignorant uneducated old soldiers on the list.

Why do we keep having insipid pantywaists like this speaking for America?
Each time it seems that fraught ties between Washington and Kabul could not get worse, a new revelation proves the apparent nadir just another waypoint on the road to greater hostility.
The latest is a report that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, believes many insurgent-style attacks are masterminded by the US. The Washington Post quoted senior officials inside the presidential palace saying Karzai has kept a list of complex bombings across the country that he suspects were planned by Americans, although the officials also admit they have no firm evidence of a US role.
Topping his list of possible American plots is a recent suicide assault on a high-end restaurant in the Afghan capital, where three American citizens were among the 21 dead.
The idea that Washington is trying to violently undermine a government it has spent billions propping up, while carelessly taking the lives of its own citizens, provoked even the normally temperate US envoy to Kabul into a strong response.
"It's a deeply conspiratorial view that's divorced from reality," ambassador James Cunningham told the paper, adding that though he was aware of such allegations he had never heard them directly from the president.
"It flies in the face of logic and morality to think that we would aid the enemy we're trying to defeat."
For muslims there is only the logic and morality found and expressed in the koran. That logic and morality is incongruent with what the West knows of  logic and morality. You would think every single idiot in the State Department would know, understand and accept this by now but of course those idiots tapped one of their European experts to serve as our Man in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Karzai may be absolutely right:

Senator John Kerry, while Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations in 2010 said, "there is a "very active" effort under way to reach a negotiated political settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Kerry (D-Mass.) acknowledged "efforts" have begun after his visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials.
"I can report without being specific that there are efforts under way. They are serious, and I completely agree with that fundamental premise — and so does General [David] Petraeus and so does President Obama — there is no military solution, and there are very active efforts now to seek an appropriate kind of political settlement."

You can see that Kerry was already playing the backstabber to Karzai in September 2010.  There is plenty of tar left to brush over the others who have been negotiating with the taliban since 2009, but why bother? Karzai is beginning to realize that being the king in Hell was not as safe as he thought. He won't die right away though. He'll have a few happy years, starting in April 2014, when he 'retires' to his little villa at Chateau d"If on his miserable little bank account of $22 billion, looted from our aid to Afghanistan.
Future home of the former King of Hell (he likes sheep)


Buck said...

Thanks for that General Walters link. I've had the pleasure of knowing a couple people in my life that had a knack for languages and those types amaze and mystify me. I have enough trouble trying to master my native tongue, yet these people can be fluent in as many as six languages. Amazing.

As for Karzai and Afghanistan... I think we should just get the Hell out and let the bastard deal with the Taliban himself, alone. We're just throwing good money after bad at this point... and not one single additional life should be given for that lost cause. Is what I think.

virgil xenophon said...

We need more PERFIDIOUS ALBION and less-FAR LESS--Dudley Do-rite "I'll Save You Nell!--"Do-Goodism."

HMS Defiant said...

The hardest thing to do in war is to let go and leave. We should have left long ago because the writing was always on the wall in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Destroying them was the right thing to do but trying to make them new in our image was doomed to failure from the outset.

General Walters and Mattis for that matter are rare ducks. I had the good fortune to know and work for some men that were brilliant but, like me, did it in just English with maybe a smattering of French. :)

HMS Defiant said...

The sickening thing is to watch AFRICOM keep lining its self up to intervene in every single dismal war and conflict that comes along. There is no good side to a war in Africa.