Seth Keshel pt. 3 cont. & pt 4
On that run, I went out a few miles and found myself lost (lieutenant, okay) – a few turns around some jersey barriers and HESCO baskets later, I
found myself on the ANA camp. I don’t hide very well, and I saw a bunch of pointing going on - I am guessing at the giant American officer
surrounded by miniature Afghans – and I booked it out of there. These are our “allies.” These are the people responsible for guaranteeing the
future safety and security of Afghanistan, at least according to the textbook. It was in these months in the transition from 2010 to 2011 that I
realized counterinsurgency was hopeless. My mind began to think about life not in the military, giving my best years and risking myself for something
so futile. I’ve told the story before in an article about my future assignment to Alaska when I read “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul, which
cemented in my mind the need to find a new career. I put in my papers to leave just three months after reading the chapter pertaining to endless
On the current issue itself – the mission in Afghanistan died of a Stage IV cancer that had first been discovered in 2001. As useless as he is, and
with his means of occupying the White House being what they are, this is not the complete fault of Joe Biden. It is the summation of 20 years of
useless war in a place called THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES. A “graveyard,” for goodness sakes, and we thought we would turn out different? Most
veterans before the internet became the all-powerful self-education tool it is believed in the mission to get even after 9/11. That was my inner
drumbeat when I was signing up. We didn’t think about the history – we thought about the imagery – all the G.W. Bush phony patriotism and
feeling like we needed to have his back when the media did their thing. We didn’t realize the lies of the fake political system and the fake
neo-con patriotism – the same patriotism that leads the military bases in Afghanistan to have three contractors for every one soldier standing in
the chow line, and occupying the phone tent when you want to use that 15-minute window to call home. It is indeed a military industrial complex.
What is old is new. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The British tried for many years to pacify Afghanistan, centuries ago.
Abject failure. The Russians wasted a decade there and were sent running like scalded apes. We spent two decades there. You could potentially make
the case for “justified warfare” for a year after 9/11, with valid intelligence on targets. But once the targets became hunted, the ones with
strategic value left. Why do you think it is that we killed Bin Laden in Pakistan? The Pakistanis acted surprised that he was there. But they knew.
Blood is thicker than water. That is why Karzai said a decade ago that he would side with the Pakistanis over America in a war. I remember
commenting at that time that if I were President, I would have every single American soldier home by December, and let them figure it out.
Why all the issues? The nation is and has always been run by warlords. Vacuums continue to open and be occupied by the one with the most guns.
These are savages. These are people who stone women for learning how to read – yet our idiot leftists and their media lapdogs have the audacity to
liken traditional Americans to the Taliban. What a disgusting insult.
The warlords do not share Western beliefs and values. They, thanks to their fundamentalist belief systems, do not recognize the dignity of the
individual. We have rights in this country because we were founded on the simple belief that man is made in the image of God, and therefore deserves
dignity. With dignity comes rights. We enshrined them in our founding documents. The people of Afghanistan are viewed as serfs to be ruled.
The convenient excuse of extending rights.
(4/4) and liberty to Afghanistan was a lie. It is the military industrial complex speaking. We have domestic problems here that could have been
addressed for the entirety of the Afghan war, without the loss of life, limbs, eyesight, blood, and treasure in a second Vietnam. This is why neo-con
warlords like John McCain, Jeff Flake, Dan Crenshaw, Adam Kinzinger, G.W. Bush, and others, must be roundly ridiculed, mocked, despised, and rejected.
The military is a great place for a boy to become a man. I am glad that I served because I have the foundation of resiliency, determination, and
realism that I otherwise would never have developed. Veterans are great employees because they can be in the right place, at the right time, and the
right uniform. Discipline, personal pride, and fitness (physical and ideally, mental) are hallmarks modern veterans have.
Those veterans will attest to what I’m saying. None of what I wrote is to detract from the bravery of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. One of my
best friends was a Marine combat engineer (Captain) who has had his life ruined by that stupid war. He is brave, led his men with valor, at the cost
of concussing himself permanently and undergoing the emotional trauma that has caused great personal hardship. He reminds me of my Dad – who dealt
with his issues from Vietnam in ways that often caused great pain to others, against his own desires.
In summary – though I have wandered – there was never a way to win a war in Afgh if we view “victory” as the locals being able to govern their
own country. That was a lie used by the military industrial complex to engage in a war that is two decades long. We were astonished that we were
serving there ten years after 9/11. Now that number is twenty years. I was new in my career when I showed up there, with just 2 years of service.
If I were still in today, I’d be a Major, a couple years from Lieutenant Colonel, with 13 years of service. No results.
The only way to win it was to destroy everything that breathes and start over. I do not endorse that method because there are many innocents in
Afghanistan, and there is no public will to do that, fortunately. That is how things were done in the days of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan.
But since Afghanistan is the size of Texas, bordering 6 nations, there are few strategic targets worth eliminating now. We are eliminating pawns, 19
year olds paid a hundred bucks and given an AK-47 and a couple Chinese rockets to fight for their own country. The knights, rooks, and bishops are
hiding out in Pakistan or Iran, funneling money, explosives, and other weaponry into country to maim and kill coalition forces. Our leaders knew this
all along but continued. Trump knew this, but knew that if he pulled the plug immediately, he would be blamed for exactly what you see going on right
now – the same scenes from “Blackhawk Down” with our equipment and unit regalia being paraded down dusty roads, to our humiliation as a nation.
Trump did what he could to empower our Generals to make the kinetic decisions to get as much done as possible, and he dwindled troop levels down
enough to pave the way for a withdrawal – but two decades of horrific decision making has its consequences.
I hope this sheds light on the true picture in Afghanistan. It was doomed to fail, and now you see it all coming to fruition
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