This is the transcript of the Surrealistic Pillow of the reality teevee President’s speech on his ‘strategy’ on Afghanistan and South Asia at Fort Meyer, Arlington, Va. Clearly, he’s putting himself, the military, and likely the CIA in power over the nation…er…Our Nation.
He begins with boiler-plate homages to the special American heroes in the military ‘unmatched in history’, who fought for our freedom, yad, yada. Oh, yes, his earlier instincts told him to pull out, as he’d reckoned that far too much money, blood, and effort had been spent in trying to win the peace in Afghanistan, and other wars fought post 9/11. But at least nothing like 9/11 has happened in the homeland since that time. He also knows that Amerikans are tired of wars without clear victories, and notes his abnegation of ‘building societies that are in our own image’…or something.
So…he held a series of meetings at Camp David with his cabinet and generals, and they’ve hatched a plan. One of three planks of the plan is:
“The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win.
Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th, and given Barcelona, ISIS is a clear and present danger to the US of A.
He then implies that ‘our’ hasty exit from Iraq allowed ISIS to form and flourish, and trumpets that ‘we will not allow the same to happen in Afghanistan. Well, again: bullshit on that: it was bombing Iraq to smithereens, cover the earth with depleted uranium, killing half a million chirren, and causing millions to go into diaspora that created ISIS. R2P Lybia as well, but who’s counting, Donald, Madeleine?
Yeppers, he’s a ‘problem solver’, and he will win the war! He’ll instruct his military to seek out and destroy terr’ists in Afganistan, he’ll show them fire and fury, but oh, he has a special loathing for Pakistan, with their protections and safe-havens of Taliban Terr’ists, oh my. As he’d outlined with Our Partners in Peace while in Saudi Arabia, he will strip them of their live, their assets and expose their false ideologies.
Gary Leupp at Counterpunch in his ‘Trump: Pakistan must change immediately to become civilized’ dissects Trump’s ignorant (or worse, lying) about Pakistan’s ‘harboring terrorists’, offering a narrative starting with the US/CIA funding of the Mujahadeen. Keith Jones adds more, and adds quotes from Rexxon Tillerson:
“Tillerson also indicated that the US will resume the drone strikes that have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and terrorized the impoverished population of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The former Exxon CEO refused to directly answer a question at Tuesday’s press conference about the drone strikes, which are a flagrant violation of international law. But in sidestepping the question, he declared, “We are going to attack terrorists wherever they live.”
The US military-security establishment, along with Democratic and Republican Party leaders, has long blamed the resilience of the Afghan insurgency on Pakistan’s reputed failure to crack down on the Taliban and its allies, especially the Haqqani Network.
The reality is that Washington and its NATO allies are waging a brutal neo-colonial war of occupation, propping up a corrupt and reviled puppet government in Kabul with night raids, drone strikes and other acts of terror.
Consequently, the Taliban, notwithstanding its reactionary Islamist ideology, is able to draw on widespread popular support. Pentagon officials themselves concede that, despite the US spending close to a trillion dollars, losing more than 2,400 troops, and raining death on one of the world’s most impoverished countries for the past 16 years, the Taliban insurgency is the strongest it has been since American forces invaded the country in October 2001.”
He also has a hella lot to say about the new Indo/US alliance; I hope you might find time to read it.
“Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India — the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States. We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.”
Now as to India, yes, after Hindu-supremacist Modi’s last two charm offensives in the US, offered a guided tour by none other than his comrade-in-arms Tulsi Gabbard, Amerika offered him carte blanche and to be designated as ‘under NATO’s umbrella’. They also cooked up a cool deal for both nations: ‘the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) ‘(defense news link), bases open, ports, yada, yada. So of course New Delhi’s arch-enemies are ‘harboring terri’sts! Pretend not to notice Kashmir and the disputed areas and India’s abject failure to honor the ages old promise of a plebiscite, though.
“Finally, my administration will ensure that you, the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively and work quickly.
I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters that prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy. Micromanagement from Washington, D.C. does not win battles. They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers acting in real time, with real authority, and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy.
That’s why we will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan. These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide; that no place is beyond the reach of American might and Americans arms. Retribution will be fast and powerful.
As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.”
Oh, Donald Duck; it’s hard to know whether it’s you or your vaunted generals who are so clueless about US Occupation, bombing, drone-murdering, regime-changing, decades of war…that actually drive ordinary folks into Islamic fundamentalism. But you’ll kill more of them more brutally, and along the way even more innocent civilians, suspend any ‘restrictions’? But perhaps you and they are well aware of that, and there are other considerations afoot.
First, Wall Street’s defense industries must have war, second, he’s been advised of the vast mineral riches in Afghanistan, estimates are anywhere between $1 and 3 billions worth of gold, silver, copper, cobalt, lithium, uranium, and so on. Oh, so much to plunder and pay for the war…or profit his cronies, but a rising tide lifts all boats, eh? The poppies are a whole n’other issue, exponential growth due to the US occupation as well. But of course the Chinese are already in-country, aiming to incorporate the nation into the one-Belt, One Road economic alliance, so what’s the US to do? Well, Modi might being asked to share in that vast mineral wealth.
But really, the most ominous beginning gambit of his ‘talk’ before the GIs was the coded, dog-whistle subtext of this message :
“By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal, and to remain one nation under God. The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission, and one shared sense of purpose.
They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together — and sacrifice together — in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all servicemembers are brothers and sisters. They’re all part of the same family; it’s called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law. They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other.
But not them god fersaken trannies! Cue Sistah Sledge! Wooot!
“The soldier understands what we, as a nation, too often forget that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together.
Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.”
Yes, it’s an answer to the Generals who’d called their CiC out for his racism and support for neo-Nazis, likely for their own cynical reasons, as did (ha ha ha!) Beauregard Sessions. Who wrote the speech; any guesses? Who replaced ‘the Mooch’, anyway? But he continued:
“The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.
As we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas — and we will always win — let us find the courage to heal our divisions within. Let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name that, when they return home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite us together as one.”
Now you certainly might disagree, but I’m seeing this take by Joseph Kinshore at wsws.org and what he means going forward and get the shivers:
“Trump’s statements have profoundly sinister implications. They portray the military as the unifier of a fractured country, a force for structure, discipline—and repression. Under conditions of mounting social and political conflicts within the United States, his speech is a declaration of the central role of the military not only in waging war abroad, but maintaining order at home.
From the beginning of the Trump administration, the military has taken direct control of much of the state apparatus, in the form of retired Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, active-duty Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security advisor and retired Gen. John Kelly, first as Department of Homeland Security secretary and now as White House chief of staff.”
Now factor in ‘Protesting, Glorifying, and Justifying White Supremacy by the Bay’
BAR contributor Ann Garrison; I’d subtitle it: ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner?’ Its hard to capsulate, but Berkley city council passed more crowd control measures for a “No Marxism in America Rally” and counter protests coming up on Sunday afternoon, August 27, in Downtown Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Park; the Mayor is urging counter-activists to not give them attention. “Berkeley activists, however, will not be denied. As of Monday, August 21st, “Bay Area Rally Against Hate,” “Respect Berkeley,” and “Berkeley Antifa” had all announced plans to counter protest. “Respect Berkeley” said they plan to assemble on Martin Luther King Way, across the street from Martin Luther King Park at 10:00 am, an hour before the “No Marxism in America” rally goers arrive.”
“Berkeley Antifa created a poster that reads as though they’re preparing for the Siege of Madrid:
ATTENTION ALL ANTI RACISTS
NAZIS ARE COMING
“Free Speech, Unity and Peace San Francisco” rally at Crissy Field on August 26, the day before the “No Marxism in America” rally in Berkeley; the Park Service won’t pull their permit, and as Golden Gate RA is federal, yanno, feds could get ‘involved’, but:
“Mayor Ed Lee says he thinks they’ll let the San Francisco Police handle it by themselves and promises that they’ll have every single officer in the force on the job. No vacation or comp time absences. He says that the SF Police will disarm anyone carrying weapons—even though the armed, camo clad, Oath Keepers have vowed to handle security for Patriot Prayer, and despite the fact that it’s been legal to carry weapons, concealed or not, on National Park Service land since 2010.”
That might get…interesting. Garrison also notes that:
“A much larger white supremacist hate rally is coming (to the Bay Area) on September 9—11: the “Urban Shield War Games and Weapons Expo.”
In Andre Damon’s Aug. 24 ‘The “military-industrial complex” in power’ at wsws.org, he chronicles the faithful (non) ‘opposition scribes at the papers of records are givin’ heaps of love to the Afghan/South Asia plan. 16 moar years!
Oh, how delightful and unifying it is that Dems now love the Generals as ‘voices of moderation’ and the CIA! Tom Friedman’s war-and-destruction glee was far and away the most disgusting.
Old Yeller Hair finishes:
“Now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives. We must unite to defend America from its enemies abroad. We must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home, and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid.”
I know, I know, as if it ain’t too long already (those who finish reading will get prizes), but still, it’s a junta, so go for the prize!: