The Curmudgeon

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Mission Slightly Less Accomplished Than We Had Been Led to Believe Shock

Britain's leading liberal newspaper has just discovered that the war in Afghanistan was a bit of a fiasco, primarily because the Americans have just discovered it for themselves. Like the Soviets before them, but self-evidently unlike the British Empire, the US and its allies came badly unstuck through hubris and ignorance, while occasionally going to the lengths of giving misleading information to government stenographers in the free and cantankerous media. Meanwhile, the war aims appeared ill-defined and shifting to anyone self-deluded enough to imagine that wog-bombing isn't and end in itself. For that lucky generation which lived through the glorious War on Terror, it will come as little surprise that the chimpanzee then occupying the White House did not know what "winning" meant; but it seems a little strange that so many non-journalists have managed to miss the point. Wars on abstract nouns are not meant to be won; they are meant to continue indefinitely and make profits for all the right people.

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