Just Call Me Stupid

By Alexey Braguine
Oct. 13, 2012

As a tour operator at the end of the Cold War, I wrote in a newsletter that we are entering a new Golden Age of Travel. I figured American troops would go home, the American people would come out of their cocoons of fear and use the extra money of a peace dividend in their pockets to see the world. Just call me stupid.

As it turns out, once you get Americans into your tent, especially Empire building troops, the only way to have them leave is by force.

The good news for the native folk is that little force is required. All you need is a ragtag group of a couple of thousand lightly armed guys.

How is that? You would ask and argue that the United States is the sole hipper power on the planet, the most powerful military machine the world has ever seen. No one but no one can challenge the massive jugernaut of the Empire. The problem is Washington, I would answer.

To get a job inside the Beltway you need to demonstrate an ability to keep making the same mistake in order to achieve different results. In Vietnam it cost the US military $5,000,000 US to destroy a $200 US worth of supplies and a bycicle.

Since then: Grenada, Panama, Colombia, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq.

The spending to effectivness ratio has increased exponencialy. It costs the US tax payer $1,000,000 to deploy and feed a GI for one year in Afghanistan. This soldier is as clueless as to why he is there as his predecesors in Vietnam. To support the war effort, just like in Vietnam, the US maintains Two airdraft carriers and attendant ships parked in the Gulf or Arabian sea. The crew of one aircraft carrier outnumbers the Taliban and this operation costs a neat $100,000,000 a day. Yes, the daily petty cash.

Then there is the human cost. Two thousand dead, but the real tragedy, which the Pentagon tries to sweep under the carpet is the wounded, most of who have lost limbs or have brain injuries. This group adds up to TWENTY THOUSAND!

There is a military dictum, don't kill your enemy, wound him. It is much easier to bury the dead. The Taliban is doing a good job of it-

A rarely mentioned casualty of the latest wars is the intelligence community. When the US attacked Iraq there was a massive protest exodus, mainly of CIA officers. Now, the intelligence community is practically useless as recently demonstrated in Libya. The cost for the tax payer is 60 billion.

And now comes the American presidential election. Will it bring change? NO. Both candidates are puppets on a string with a puppet master who keeps making the sane nistake, throwing more money at the problen to achieve a different result

The Golden Age of Travel is coming.


About the author: Alexey Braguine spent four years in Vietnam and Laos during the American involvement there. He has also worked in the Middle East and has visited Pakistan-Afghan border areas. He is the author of Kingmaker, a geopolitical thriller.

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