by A Dervish
9 Razhab 1431//22 June 2010
Below is the full text of the upcoming Rolling 1946-64 Nitwits article…
…in which General McChrystal in your wonderful American idiom “screws the pooch”. He is a huge fan of hugely expensive Afghan “counterinsurgency” which the White House is necessarily trying now to softpedal.
Counterinsurgency in Viet Nam “never amounted to a hand full of shit” as my friend, si‘ Smit’, er, Smeeth used to say in his wonderful Eagle Lake, MN, dialect, and it was simply a huge foreign aid boondoggle, as noted at the end of the article below:
“‘Throwing money at the problem exacerbates the problem,’ says Andrew Wilder, an expert at Tufts University who has studied the effect of aid in southern Afghanistan. ‘A tsunami of cash fuels corruption, delegitimizes the government and creates an environment where we’re picking winners and losers’ – a process that fuels resentment and hostility among the civilian population. So far, counterinsurgency has succeeded only in creating a never-ending demand for the the primary product supplied by the military: perpetual war.”
Andrew Wilder of course is some sort of “professional” and not an obvious student of Wisdom, and so no doubt he is full of the characteristic flaws and blindspots of this. But he is right about counterinsurgency — if it is a matter of continued handouts by a bankrupt US government already in hock for hundreds of billions to support the professional classes at home and global investment bankers and globular unislamic hog farmers.
But Afghanistan is not Vietnam, and so Here And Now is where another Wave Of Possibility unfurls onto the Beach Of Tomorrow from out of the depths of the Infinite Ocean Of The Beyond:
Afghanistan is home to the most lucrative opium culture on Earth. Thus, the way to success is clear, including a first-time successful underwriting of “counterinsurgency” anywhere in History. Success can — will! — be assured if Americans can be realistic most of all about their own situation:
What not a few among the Wise have noted as “America’s Most Useless Generation” is now entering on its own little slow-motion holocaust, one that will make the German murders in late-modern Old Europe look like a picnic. There are 60 (!) million Baby Boomers who now need to get off the train. To help make it easier and, indeed, to restore comfortable and dignified Death as a legitimate commodity in Trade, we should act now. And we can if we so choose, both on our behalf and the Afghan peoples’.
The way to success?
This can be found by legislatively “delegitimizing” government over-control of drugs, decriminalizing opiates and, indeed, allowing their over-the-counter sale as a public product certified by the FDA for purity. In such a way we could not only first and foremost deal for the first time in an intelligent way with drugs in an open market. But the career professionals in Washington could actually have their foreign policy cake and eat it, too. Sales could be taxed perhaps as an excise- or VAT-matter, of course….
At the same time, this opening up of a real marketplace would be the making of Afghanistan, which has the potential in History to be the Asian Switzerland.
So far, so objective, and the question is could America even get away with promoting this? It would be that rare thing indeed in History, an actual new departure in the Afghan story. Or do the sordid Cheneys and weary “realistic” Rumsfeld personalities, and their pessimistic counterparts all over the World, have an irremediable stake in a miserable Afghanistan destined to be the Forever Toilet of the careerist shenanigans of infinite generations of professionalists, in this case credentialed militarists and represented in this Turn Of The Round by “General For A Day” McChrystal?
“Stanley McChrystal: The runaway general
Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan never takes his eye off real enemy”
By Michael Hastings
updated 10:28 a.m. CT, Tues., June 22, 2010
Editor’s note: This article, as it appears in Rolling Stone magazine, contains profanity.
“How’d I get screwed into going to this dinner?” demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It’s a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He’s in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have (more…)
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