From a friend:
“Most of our forces in Afghanistan reside on bases totally supplied with generated electricity. It costs $40 per gallon for US taxpayers to provide diesel fuel necessary to power our military installations. In order to maintain volunteer military stationed in Middle East, US provides food to troops such as prime rib, lobster, etc. For breakfast there was always buffet much like a fine US restaurant – omelets made to order, huge selections of pastries, meats, fruits. Costs $2,000,000.00 annually to deploy 1 service member overseas. Absolute insanity.”
Insanity? Think again. Yes, ten (lowball) to thirty (more likely) percent of total war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan went directly into the hands of the corrupt – Chalabis, Najibullah, et al.
But untold billions more went to “legal” contracts that have fattened the Deep State to the point that seven of the nation’s ten richest counties are those that surround Washington DC.
Insanity? Or Crazy like a pack of very successful parasites?
UPDATE: Afghanistan has vast mineral reserves, including lithium, “a soft metal used to make the lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries essential for powering desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. And increasingly, electric cars like Tesla’s. …
“In Silicon Valley and beyond, tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Sony, and Tesla rely on continual, and uninterrupted, access to lithium, as lithium-based batteries are the primary power storage devices in their mobile hardware.
“Without these batteries, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Nooks, Galaxy IIIs, Chromebooks, and, yes, Tesla Model S cars would be largely worthless. If forced to use older, nonlithium batteries, their battery lives would certainly be much shorter.”
And don’t forget the corruption. Iraq and Afghanistan rank 166th and 169th (out of 179 countries) – ranking them among the Dirtiest Dozen corrupt countries in the world. Where could you find a better place where both war profiteers and international corporate plunder elites could prosper – all in the name of democracy and fighting terrorism!
The generals running the country’s Deep State undoubtedly threatened Trump: Oppose us – fulfill your promises – and we’ll ruin you. Your deplorables have no power, and right now it’s power, not votes, that runs this country and the world. You’ll be branded as the president who “lost Afghanistan” and “betrayed the free world.”
(Average Pashtuns, who sodomize little boys as a way of life, will take little notice. Life will go on, as it has since Alexander the Great.)
10:38 am on August 22, 2017
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