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MarkGB 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Afghanistan and the silent consent of idiots

In response to an FT View on 22nd August 2017, entitled ‘Trump has bowed to the generals on Afghanistan’

https://www.ft.com/content/da2d3b64-8724-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7?desktop=true&conceptId=9823c7de-0ed0-3538-a804-996b268a776f&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a

“A few thousand extra troops — the figure of 4,000 has been bandied around — and harsh rhetoric about Pakistan will change little on the ground…

For there to have been any hope of a successful counter insurgency, the US would have had to commit to the long haul and put more boots on the ground to win hearts and minds” - FT View

Win hearts and minds? In Afghanistan? You have learned absolutely nothing from over a century of imperial powers such as Britain and the USSR poking their noses into that territory - not to mention the past 17 years of US intervention.

Congratulations for being as utterly ‘thick’ as the neoconservatives behind this strategy, who actually believe they can ‘win’. Your 'silent consent' will also be welcomed by the ‘defence’ companies, who are rubbing their hands with glee as they update their spreadsheets with a few new columns.

Idiots.

Cash is not the curse

The FT on the importance of Jackson Hole