Posts Tagged ‘withdraw’

US Negotiating Terms of Afghan Surrender

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

10+ years, 20,000 human lives, and just under a half a trillion dollars and now the US Military brass are ready to accept the inevitable – they have to move on from Afghanistan.

Alongside the troop withdrawal will be a strategic agreement, to be discussed at an upcoming Traditional Grand Assembly, with any tribal elders and political figures willing to play America’s twisted game.

An early draft of the agreement would let the US establish permanent military bases across the country, with the option to set up more military bases whenever it deems necessary. The draft also requires Afghan airspace to be handed over to American forces after the strategic deal comes into effect.

Not much of a deal for the Afghans. But it was never about them, anyway. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are just unfortunate fall-guys in the US’s bid for global supremacy.

Too bad for the US, they’re still fighting a 20th century battle, leaving top spot in the new frontier – cyberspace – up for grabs.

This is where humankind comes in. The new superpower on earth need not be China or some other private entity. The top force to be reckoned with could very well be humankind itself.

While our common humanity can be lost in the fog of war, social media acts like a lifting wind, exposing just how united we really are.

When enough of us see armed conflict for what it really is – that we are only fighting ourselves – we’ll be strong enough to systematically dismantle the institutions responsible for perpetuating wars around the world.

When enough people get the Internet, the whole world could be just one Twitter trend, one Facebook group, one whatever the heck Google+ does, away from world peace.

Canada Pulls Out of Afghanistan

Friday, July 8th, 2011

(And like that – pffff – we were gone.)

News worth celebrating: Canadian troops have formally completed their fighting mission in Afghanistan.

We’re finally done!!! Well, not quite. Troops are slowly being scaled back, and should all be out by year’s end.

Time to celebrate all the accomplishments earned from the heavy price we paid. Now what exactly are they?

I’d wager that numerous people’s lives were made dramatically better by the invasion. And some of these fortunate few might not even be amongst those in the defense industry who’ve grew richer off the $11 Billion bill for this war.

Of course, experts are quick to point out how Canada’s mission failed in its three main objectives and never brought safety and stability to Afghanistan. Buncha party poopers.

So I guess our biggest accomplishment might come in the form of learning a lesson: politically organized armed conflicts are expensive, difficult to withdraw from, and hard to win, so the reasons we go to war in the first place better damn well be worth it.

US Leaving Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

(“Exit strategy? I dunno… maybe try rocking it.”)

President Obama is expected to deliver a highly anticipated speech on the troop drawdown, where plans to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan will be announced.

Great! Way to earn that Nobel Peace prize, Barack.

The US has also begun negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban for the first time.

Amazing! All it took was a bankrupt economy and hundreds of thousands of deaths, and the diplomatic process has neared the point it could have been at 10 years ago.