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A Bloody, Drawn Out Endgame In Afghanistan

Posted by Newshoggers.com on July 29th, 2010

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Steve Hynd

There's a new video out from filmaker Sean Smith, courtesy of Guardian Films. They describe it thusly:

As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith's brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood.

Today, Joe Biden:

"We are in Afghanistan for one express purpose … the al Qaeda that exists in those mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.

"We are not there to nation-build. We are not out there deciding we are going to turn this into a Jeffersonian democracy and build that country. We made it clear, we are not there for 10 years," he said.

So if we're not nation building what the hell should we call it, Joe? There are over 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. We're paying for the Afghan army and police. We're meddling in corrupt Afghan politics. Oh, and we're wasting countless billions of dollars on "aid" projects which are neither what the Afghans themselves asked for nor all that effective! Maybe we should just call it what it is – colonialism.

And this colonialism is to continue for at least another five years, even if it won't be ten. For what, Joe? Al Qaeda are in a different bloody country, one we're making kissy-face with while it's intelligence agency arranges the deaths of our soldiers!

This movie shows the truth of the Endgame in Afghanistan – several more years of insanity, at a cost of lives and dollars, so that the Obama administration and its allies can save some face and prop up a client state which probably doesn't deserve propping up. Watch it.

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