Careful Who You Piss Off

Be careful who you piss off.  Unless, of course, you are a brainless jihadi who doesn’t give a shit about anything.

OK.  You can piss the Americans off, and they will react by randomly bombing a few inconsequential buildings, killing more civilians than jihadis, but without any real plan to deal with you properly which would not be in their best interests or aims anyway.

You can piss the Europeans off, and they will side with the Americans. They will Huff ‘n’ Puff a bit until the news moves on, but ultimately achieve the same results.


But if you start messing with the Russians and now the Chinese (hot news ), you have started on the slippery slope to oblivion, where you will get “wasted …in the outhouse” (Putin).  They won’t mess about like the West.  They have no other agenda in the Middle East.

I think ISIS is done for …and the US will have to look to start another war scenario somewhere else so it can sell its armaments to prop up its shaky economy.

♫ Anything I Can’t Do, Can’t Be Done Better ♫

The US “can’t leave” Afghanistan (or Iraq for that matter), simply because that would be “self-defeating”, in their own words.

This post inspired by LA Times op-ed: Yes, the U.S. can leave Afghanistan

Photo:  President Obama announced this week that he will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. (Ron Sachs / TNS)

Well, they could leave, as the LA Times posits in this article, but, in the LA Times words, “Only by owning up to the mindless failure of U.S. military efforts since 9/11 does it become possible to restore real choice.” and “Members of the national security establishment — have a common interest in diverting attention from just how badly they have screwed up.”

That’s not going to happen, voluntarily, because it would result in a huge loss of face, prestige and legitimacy, and no-one would believe anything they said, ever again.  Oh, but wait, that’s pretty much the situation right now, isn’t it?

And, in any case, again to quote, the no-choice decision, “what President Obama describes as a ‘modest but meaningful extension of our presence’ … is a gesture designed to convey an appearance of purposefulness to an enterprise whose actual purpose has long since vanished in the mists of time.”  …and, in my own words, “if it ever had a legitimate purpose”.

Abby Martin Exposes: The Empire’s Lies

Endless War. The evil, misguided and misdirected schemes of the American Empire.

…and I am ashamed to say that my country, Australia, is also playing a part in that endless warmongering, as an obedient lapdog of The American Empire.

Post inspired by Excerpts from Episode 2 of Abby Martin’s ‘The Empire Files’: Afghanistan’s Killing Fields: Behind the Empire’s Lies

Here is a link to the full version of Episode 2:

You can view Episode 1 here: