{"193534":{"id":"193534","parent":"193040","time":"1628807576","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/08\/12\/afghanistan-proves-us-military-needs-its-budget-slashed-ribbons\/","category":"USA","title":"Afghanistan Proves The Us. Military Needs Its Budget Slashed to Ribbons","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"afghanistan-proves-the-us-military-needs-its-budget-slashed-to-ribbons","admin":"newsnet","views":"100","priority":"2","length":"5628","lang":"","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Caitlin JOHNSTONE\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUS officials are telling the press that Kabul will fall to the Taliban within 90 days and perhaps within the month as US troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"One official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the issue's sensitivity, said Tuesday that the U.S. military now assesses a collapse could occur within 90 days. Others said it could happen within a month,\" \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/archive.is\/6fnv0\"\u003Ereports The Washington Post\u003C\/a\u003E. \"Some officials said that although they were not authorized to discuss the assessment, they see the situation in Afghanistan as more dire than it was in June, when intelligence officials assessed a fall could come as soon as six months after the withdrawal of the U.S. military.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EMeanwhile the US is still \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/news.antiwar.com\/2021\/08\/02\/us-continues-to-step-up-airstrikes-against-taliban\"\u003Eraining down explosives\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/08\/11\/iraq-needs-an-independent-government-not-training\"\u003Emurdering Afghan civilians\u003C\/a\u003E to temporarily slow the inevitable Taliban takeover long enough for the Biden administration to have its \u003Ca onclick=\"sj(this)\" data-j=\"popup_twit,call__3_1425181906375643140_tweet\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E ridiculous 9\/11 \"victory\" party\u003C\/a\u003E. Biden \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/news.antiwar.com\/2021\/08\/10\/biden-says-he-does-not-regret-decision-to-withdraw-from-afghanistan\"\u003Ehas said\u003C\/a\u003E the US will continue providing \"air support\" (imperialist for bombing campaigns) to the Afghan government, for however long that government exists.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"1425489419017019397\"\u003E1425489419017019397\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis is an unforgivable outrage that cries out to the heavens for vengeance. Not the Taliban takeover; that was always the inevitable result of letting \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.substack.com\/p\/us-intelligence-warns-withdrawal\"\u003EAfghanistan be controlled by Afghans\u003C\/a\u003E. I'm talking about the invasion and 20-year occupation of that nation by the US and its allies.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt is only by the most aggressive narrative management and journalistic malpractice that people around the world are not calling for the heads of the architects of this occupation. For \u003Ci\u003Etwenty years\u003C\/i\u003E the world was \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2020\/01\/10\/the-war-in-afghanistan-is-a-fraud-and-now-we-have-proof\"\u003Esystematically lied to\u003C\/a\u003E that the US coalition was building a government and military that could stand on its own, and that this goal was right around the corner and just needs a little more time. Now it's crunch time, and we learn that what they've been building in Afghanistan this entire time was a fake movie set made of cardboard.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe cost of that fake movie set? \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.militarytimes.com\/news\/your-military\/2021\/04\/16\/afghanistan-war-cost-more-than-2t-and-240000-lives-report-finds\"\u003EMore than two trillion dollars\u003C\/a\u003E, and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2018\/04\/03\/how-many-people-has-the-u-s-killed-in-its-post-9-11-wars-part-2-afghanistan-and-pakistan\"\u003Ehundreds of thousands of human lives\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis should be an international scandal for which scores of people should be sentenced to spend the rest of their lives behind bars. More than this, every military which participated in this unforgivable crime should have its budget slashed to a tiny fraction of what it is.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"1425181906375643140\"\u003E1425181906375643140\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA military which can afford to spend trillions of dollars on a devastating 20-year war that accomplished literally nothing besides making war profiteers fabulously rich is a military which needs its budget slashed to ribbons. Clearly if Pentagon officials can waste such unfathomably vast fortunes lining the pockets of the military-industrial complex to the benefit of not one single ordinary American, they do not need anything like the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thenation.com\/article\/politics\/pentagon-budget-white-house\"\u003Eobscenely bloated military budget\u003C\/a\u003E the United States currently has.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EJust thinking about the things those two trillion dollars could have been spent on instead, like fully ending \u003Ci\u003Eboth\u003C\/i\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/rootsclinic.org\/how-much-would-it-cost-to-end-homelessness-in-america\"\u003Ehomelessness\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ci\u003Eand\u003C\/i\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/talkpoverty.org\/2017\/12\/12\/u-s-eliminate-child-poverty-cost-senate-tax-bill\"\u003Echild poverty\u003C\/a\u003E in the United States, for example, should make Americans howl with rage. Hell, spending two trillion dollars building a useless brick mountain in the middle of the Mojave Desert would've been an infinitely better use of that money than murdering hundreds of thousands of people with US troops \u003Cspan id=\"bt7b567b\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"togglebub('wiki,call__7b567b_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org(slash)wiki(slash)United*States*military*casualties*in*the*War*in*Afghanistan_1');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-wiki2\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/United_States_military_casualties_in_the_War_in_Afghanistan\"\u003Edying by the thousands and wounded by the tens of thousands\u003C\/a\u003E. That last bit alone should have every military family member marching on Washington and Arlington today.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe US government is the single most tyrannical regime on this planet, without exception. It has \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2018\/04\/25\/how-many-millions-have-been-killed-in-americas-post-9-11-wars-part-3-libya-syria-somalia-and-yemen\"\u003Ekilled millions\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/us-news\/2020\/sep\/09\/conflicts-us-war-on-terror-displaced-37-million-people-report\"\u003Edisplaced tens of millions\u003C\/a\u003E just since the turn of this century, solely in its wars that are \u003Ci\u003Estill currently happening\u003C\/i\u003E, all in the name of power and profit and destroying anyone who disobeys its dictates. Anyone who cares about humanity should place the defanging of this horrific monster at the very forefront of their values.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caityjohnstone.medium.com\/afghanistan-proves-the-us-military-needs-its-budget-slashed-to-ribbons-34e395d84793\"\u003Ecaityjohnstone.medium.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/08\/12\/afghanistan-proves-us-military-needs-its-budget-slashed-ribbons\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}