NATO leaders have agreed on an Afghanistan exit strategy, reports all major news media this morning, without pointing out that this appears to be an election year scam concerning a very unpopular war. This is spin to cover up the fact that what President Bush called the “coalition of the willing,” is dwindling as nations pull their forces out, realizing that no matter how many die, the Afghan people are not going to accept foreign occupation. France is the latest to say they’ve had enough, and will withdraw their troops by the end of the year. This “exit strategy” scam is a way to spin President Obama’s latest plan to keep troops there until at least 2024. The dates keep moving, go back and read what he promised when running for the White House the first time, followed by his massive troop surge soon after taking office.
President Obama has snubbed the president of Pakistan at the UN meeting, exacerbating hostilities between the two countries, rather than apologize, as Pakistan has rightfully requested, for the slaughter of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Obama doesn’t seem to understand the severity of the hatred by the Pakistani people for the constant drone bombing of innocents. Many in Pakistan believe they should move into the Russia/China sphere and abandon the Empire. In the end, Pakistanis believe Afghanistan will stay under their sphere of influence after the Empire has its “Vietnam” moment, and departs.
“As Egyptians prepare to elect their country’s first president since the uprising that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, the military junta that has ruled for the last 15 months has shown little sign it is prepared to accept civilian oversight,” begins a piece at IPS News this morning. Mubarak was a military leader who kept Egypt under control of the Empire in return for bribes that made him a billionaire at the expense of his people, and it appears that, despite the valiant efforts of the Egyptian masses to shake off such control, the Empire will not allow democracy to break out there.
And finally, China has responded to the saber-rattling from the Empire in moving military bases, ships and other weapons systems around it, by developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft, the “Mighty Dragon.” It was inevitable that the Empire’s monopoly on sophisticated weapons systems would be broken, with the corruption in our “defense” industry making as its priority, multimillion dollar salaries for Nuclear Mafia executives, and billions in profits for transnational investors, rather than actually making weapons systems that work.