It is too easy to see them as incompetents. It is too forgiving to see them as incompetents. It is itself incompetent to think that they are incompetent.
Because their competence was never lent to the aims that they pronounced. It never is. Should we have ever thought that the claimed aim was the real aim? What made us think that? Is it the lies they have told a million times, that made us think that their claimed aims were real? Is it the dishonesty we know is in their hearts and in every fiber of their being that made us say, ‘yes, this aim is true?
Think about it. For 20 years the foreign policy experts, the Pentagon experts, the talking heads, the academics, the tenured Professors of Islamic Studies, Foreign Policy and Middle Eastern Politics, the CIA Directors, the policy unit directors, the think tank founders, and the Ted Talk specialists, have got it wrong. Every foreign policy blunder of a US government, or of a British government, or of a world order trotting obediently in the directions given in pious speeches from one talking head to another, have got it wrong.
All of the experts got it wrong on Israel and the Palestinians, for decade after decade. Only the first person to ignore the experts crafted the Abraham Accords. Only the President called a fool by every expert around scored a significant foreign policy triumph. Only Trump did that. Only Trump secured energy independence, limited the power of Islamic States, saw ISIS territory shrink to nothing, got Islamic nations signing peace accords with Israel, got North Korea to the negotiating table, slowed and controlled Iranian aggression, confronted the reality of Chinese imperialism and growing power, returned jobs back to the US.....by ignoring the experts.
Biden is the puppet of the experts, as his prior master Obama was the darling of the experts. The media won’t ever call either of them a fool. But Obama created ISIS. Obama and Biden and Hillary gave us Benghazi. Bush Senior and Bush Junior also listened to the experts. What did these respectable Presidents forge? A playground for extremists at home and abroad. Hundreds of thousands of corpses. Nations shattered. That’s what the ‘nation builders’ did. Bombing, bombing, and more bombing. Terrorists created, encouraged, and funded. From Osama to al-Baghdadi. How many terrorists were at one time or another on the payroll of the CIA? This isn’t a conspiracy theory. It is hard-nosed pragmatic assessment.
The trillions of dollars spent in Afghanistan were not lost in the sands and thrown from the mountainsides. They were spent on contracts that went to corporations and individuals. This was their actual purpose. They were not spent to build democracy, or save Afghanistan from the Taliban, or bring bikinis and beach volleyball, and McDonald's to Kabul. They didn’t build roads and factories and schools and hospitals and a better life to show the long-bearded child abusers the wonders of a western way. Where has that money gone? Into the pockets of the arms dealers, the arms manufacturers, the salesmen, the ever-hungry corporations, the security firms, the consultancies, the think tanks, the Pentagon Generals....
In other words, to the people who are the experts who advocated the policies that spent the money and praised the politicians who signed the cheques. The right hand signs the cheque and the left hand claps the signing of cheques.
That’s what every failed policy was actually for. That’s what they were experts in. Not winning wars. Being paid to conduct a war, regardless of whether they win. Diverting trillions of dollars from the US taxpayer to the right people. To the policy formers. Just as the Biden multi-trillion dollar policy platforms on other things are pure graft. The coronavirus measures, or the green measures (as these will be in the U.K., too). The crisis is the excuse, the necessary excuse, for the corruption.
Coronavirus just took this successful model by which the ruling class of the West asset strip their own nations in the name of protecting those nations, and applied it to the excuse of a virus instead of the excuse of war. It was a model designed by the US foreign policy experts and used pretty much continuously since the end of WWII.
Afghanistan isn’t incompetence. It’s graft. Very competent graft. Very successful graft. Realize that the aim was turning on the money tap, dancing beneath its fountain of money for 20 years, profiting enormously for no return, and getting away with it. Nation-building or the war against terror was the sales patter for the rubes and hicks the money was being stolen from.