Afghan and Afghan and Afghan…

It’s said that no-one knows what tomorrow will bring. Certainly there’s nobody that can see into the future, yet we each rely on an expectation of continuity to serve as a foundation for our efforts. Who would make a major repair to their car if they knew it’d be “totaled” the following day? It’s obvious to any reasonable observer that the Earth may relied upon to maintain its spin, and that the Sun will appear to rise in the East tomorrow.
That same reasonable observer might pay attention to any of a world of different subjects.  I’m certainly no expert on the topic of Afghan history but I have noticed a few repeating patterns concerning relatively recent history.

From 1979 to 1989 the Soviet armed forces were actively engaged  in Afghanistan.  This war has been referred to as the “Soviet Union’s Vietnam war. The US actively supported the Afghan opponents of the Soviets.  It also conducted an arms race, during the Reagan administration, which severely stressed the Soviet economy.  This led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991.

The US is now involved in what may reasonably be called another quagmire in Afghanistan.  We are not prepared to commit our resources (such as they may be) at a level that might be expected to successfully accomplish the objective, (whatever that may be.)

“Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., former chairman of the House oversight panel that investigated the wayward payments, said that the U.S. must stop the diversion of taxpayer dollars to the enemy.”

The US economy is disintegrating.  The attention of the American people has been diverted from military adventure by intensely self-serving, partisan political activity concerning other issues.  May we expect further similarities to what has been experienced by previous “adventurers” in Afghanistan?  I’m afraid that the dissolution of the United States would involve civil war, as it has in the past.  Such a future is not something I wish to experience.


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