From the week:
The U.S. economy: On the road to Weimar (Article)
The pandemic: CDC downplays vaccination heart risk? (Report)
U.S. Government bulletin says opposition to COVID mandates is potential security threat (Report)
U.S. Finance: Stock/bond markets have become unreliable? (Article)
The pandemic: Do masks work? (Article)
Infantry: Steerable, flying grenades (Article)
Censorship: Riding racism in healthcare? (Article)
Healthcare: It’s racist to treat all patients equally? (Article)
Finance: The end of the gold standard: Fifty years of monetary insanity (Article) (Recommended)
The pandemic: Harmful vaccine reactions unreported? (Report)
The U.S. economy: Inflation hits food prices harder (Report)
The pandemic: Politicized mask rules defy science; most extreme in Melbourne and Los Angeles? (Article)
More pandemic: Vaccines losing effectiveness (Report)
The culture: Imposing technology increases uncertainty (Report)
The economy: Toyota cuts September output 40% (Report)
More economy: Central banks are now in the end game (Article) (Recommended)
Chicago: Financial condition beyond belief (Articled)
The pandemic: More evidence of damage by vaccination (Report)
The culture: The war on marriage proceeds (Article)
Face masks are useless, study now shows (Report)
The U.S. economy: President Biden pushes Congress for higher taxes (Report)
Lebanon: Growing uncertainty and disorder (Report)
Energy: Iran’s huge gas find nudges the balance of power? (Article)
The pandemic: A view from another direction (Article)
Chicago: 8 dead, 48 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)
A naked man floating on a log was rescued, arrested (Repprt)
EDITORIAL: The Afghan Debacle: A Few Pertinent Questions
Afghanistan, a collection of contending tribes descended from previous invaders, is not unaccustomed to invasions and the currently collapsing effort was preceded by a Russian fizzle. The hapless Afghans are also targeted by neighbors, most particularly these days by the Pakistani military, sponsor of the very Pushtun Taliban. Only opioid drug gangs really find it homey. America’s 20 year effort has wasted grossly excessive amounts of money and lives and it will continue to burden the future with care for its surviving casualties and repayment of the money borrowed o pursue it. Compounding all of this, the U.S. government yanked its military from the country, abandoning billions of dollars’ worth of advanced arms together with thousands of American civilian contractors and Afghan employees to the revenge of murderous Taliban jihadis. Government organized destruction on this scale seems worthy of a few questions:
- How did the U.S. expect to suppress the Taliban while holding its Pakistani sponsor untouchable? The same scenario as Viet Nam, with the same ending.
- With the U.S. military’s careful withdrawal plan and the strident warning from the U.S. State department, why did the U.S. government suddenly abandon its goods, people and Afghan allies to a vengeful enemy?
Given the Saudi origins of the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington, Taliban hosting of a few of its authors seems a thin excuse for invasion and thinner still for the two decade occupation. The interests of the U.S. military-industrial complex identified by President Eisenhower’s warning seem considerably more likely to explain a program initiated by Republicans and continued by Democrats for so long a time.
And given the numbers and capacity of U.S. military and government planners with two decades for the work and the fall of Saigon as a reference, it seems that the current conditions in Afghanistan cannot be accidental. If so, President Biden is a chosen fall guy and the subsequent rearrangements of especially, the Democrat power structure will be informative for those watching.