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The United States government tells us that we have been at war for over 11 years now. War, by definition, has always been understood as a nation, or nations, fighting another nation or nations. War has always been understood that way.....until 2001. Now the word war can mean whatever one wants it to mean....and thus, we have the war on terror. The U.S. has been at war against a tactic for eleven+ years now and the prospects for the future are very dim....
Asked at a Senate hearing today how long the war on terrorism will last, Michael Sheehan, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, answered, “At least 10 to 20 years.”.....
Sheehan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he believed “associated forces” of al-Qaida can be targeted anywhere around the world,...
Which means that our war against a tactic......and only when that tactic is used by Muslims.....will last "at least" 25-30 years overall. AND.... this war against a tactic when used by Muslims that will last at least 30 years will continue to be waged everywhere in the world simultaneously.
Of course, all of this is preposterous. And it is preposterous for a reason.
That reason has nothing to do with suicide extremists willing to kill themselves while killing Americans......but it has everything to do with expanding the American Military Empire.
I remember George W. Bush being asked what losing would look like in our unlawful war against Iraq. I recall W. answering by saying...."leaving is losing." "Winning", then, would equal "staying." That's the closest any official has ever come to telling the truth about the so-called war on terror.
The Project for the New American Century white paper written in the 90's and signed by such patriots as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld explained how the U.S. needed to take advantage of the end of the Cold War by positioning ourselves militarily in the middle east, starting with Iraq, for the purpose of "projecting American power throughout the region." The larger goal is to keep China and/or Russia from gaining any dominance over the middle east's massive oil reserves.
PNAC is the brainchild of the warmongerers on the right known today as neo-conservatives. And the neo-cons are winning......whether Americans are or not.
The U.S. has built our largest-ever embassy in Iraq. That largest-ever embassy is being "defended" by as many as 30,000 private security contractors. Yes, our "combat" soldiers were forced to leave because Iraqis wouldn't grant them immunity for any future evil deeds done there.....but an army of 30,000 mercenaries ain't exactly a Cub Scout troop. Point being, the U.S. now has a significant pseudo-military presence inside Iraq which we did not have before George and Dick defrauded Americans into attacking Iraq in 2003. The Empire has been expanded into Iraq.
Worse....in Afghanistan, we are now being told that after the U.S. ends it's military occupation of the country sometime in the next couple of years....we will still maintain up to nine permanent military bases there.
Voters back home are told to remain vigilant against "terror", being constantly reminded of how the "terrorists" are out to kill each and every one of us......our corporate media blowing out of proportion any and all "extremist Muslim" threats......all while the military industrial complex follows the PNAC white paper plan to bring about a permanent U.S. military presence in the middle east.
I admit, whether the U.S. should exploit the end of the Cold War by hemming in potential future opponents like China and Russia through establishing permanent U.S. military outposts in middle eastern countries....is a debate worth having. But we've never had that debate....and we won't be having that debate.
Instead, Americans were sold a bill of "war on terror" goods after 9-11.....with all the extra-legal bells and whistles of torture, indefinite detention, GITMO, illegal eavesdropping, fraudulent wars of choice,.....that go with it. All of it was meant to keep Americans fearful and distracted while U.S. leaders implemented the PNAC foreign policy of Empire expansion in the middle east.
The only way out of this situation is for U.S. leaders to revoke the AUMF (authorization to use military force against al-Qaeda) as well as the egregiously unpatriotic Patriot Act.
I don't think I'm exaggerating when I suggest that hell will freeze over first.