McChrystal gets the handshake (Photo: Pete Souza / White House)

Our petulant president’s ego can’t handle a general letting off steam. Neither can any of the spoiled children who comprise “our” government in DC, the capital of the “superpower.”

Generals have to fight wars that civilians start, either from the incompetence of their diplomacy or the arrogance of their hubris.  Generals have to get young troops killed because of the stupidity or ambition or corruption of civilian government officials.

All McChrystal did was to let off steam. A real president would have realized that and let it go.

Don’t get me wrong. McChrystal is a militarist, and I am pleased to see him gone.

However, McChrystal didn’t restart America’s aggression against Afghanistan. Obama  did.

People elected Obama, because they were tired of Bush’s wars based on lies. So Obama gave us a new war in Pakistan and reignited the Afghan war. No one knows what these wars are about or why the bankrupt US government is wasting vast sums of money, which it has to borrow from foreigners, in order to murder the citizenry in two countries that have never done anything to us.

Just as Bush/Cheney and their criminal neocon government deceived the world that Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction” that threatened white people everywhere, Obama has conflated the Taliban with al Qaeda. Obama has sold the tale to white countries that unless the US determines how Afghanistan is ruled and by whom, white people are in danger of being exterminated by al Qaeda Taliban terrorists.

The most telling aspect of the McChrystal-Obama contretemps is that it has caused no one in the US government, or media, to ask why the US is still killing women and children in Afghanistan after 9 years. The US government is prepared for everyone except itself to be tried at the War Crimes Tribunal.

Fred Branfman writing in AlterNet on June 22 reminds us that unnumbered Iraqis were killed, maimed, tortured and displaced by an American invasion based on lies told by the highest officials in the American government.  Yet, no one has been held accountable.

But Gen. McChrystal is held accountable for letting off steam.

Once the Roman senate, the legislative branch, collapsed, the caesars, the executive branch, became the captives of the military. Now with Gen. Petraeus once again moved to the fore as McChrystal’s replacement in Afghanistan, we have  Obama  elevating Petraeus to the Republican presidential nomination in the next election. Thus has Obama replaced himself with a man who will unify the military and executive branch.

Associated Press writers Jennifer Loven and Anne Gearan write (June 23) about the “admired and tightly disciplined Gen. David Petraeus,” the “architect of the Iraq war turnaround,” who is “once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort.”

Petraeus is an evolved form of general. He “won” in Iraq by paying protection money to the Sunnis who were effectively resisting the US occupation. Petraeus figured out that it was far cheaper and more efficient to put the Sunnis on the US military payroll and to pay them to stop fighting, which is how the war between the Sunnis and the Americans ended. To keep the Americans out of the ongoing large scale sectarian violence that continues to slaughter Iraqis, the US military was confined to remote bases.

If history is a guide, the Afghans will also accept Petraeus’ protection money, and Petraeus has just enough time to buy the Afghan war before the next presidential election.

The Afghans will, of course, take the money and wait us out, just as the Iraqis are doing.

All of this drama is playing out despite the continuing lack of any valid reason for the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Washington idiots, trying to dictate how Iraq and Afghanistan are governed, are destroying constitutional government in the United States. In our hubris to determine how Iraq and Afghanistan are ruled, we are losing our own government.

Source: CounterPunch.Org

Paul Craig Roberts was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.  His latest book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST. He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com

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  1. Vigilante on the 06. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Don’t know what the complaint is. Steele tripped over the truth and did a face-plant at the GOP table. But what he said before he recanted, seems perfectly accurate to me! The latest estimates are that the war in Afghanistan will cost more than $100 billion in 2010 alone. That’s a billion dollars for every member of Al Qaeda thought to be living in Afghanistan in one year.

  2. IH8Zionists on the 07. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    It means that in America there is no freedom of speech or expression. There used to be freedom in this nation but not no more.Bush and Obama did the worst damage against our freedoms which the constitution and bill of rights protect us.

  3. G Street on the 07. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Here’s how I see it: Afghanistan War going badly and review of Obama’s promise to end the war if he doesn’t get results coming up. McChrystal must be go, but to get maximum benefit, use the scenario we just witnessed.

    New General need our support and patience. Cameron plays ping to pong and announces ONLY a 5 year commitment to the war, as if it was a limitation not an extension.

    Bonus: Obama gets to talk tough on teevee.

    McChrystal’s fall extended the war.

  4. McCrystal got out while the GOING WAS STILL GOOD on the 07. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Stan McCrystal hit the silk before the plane did a C.F.I.T. gig into solid granite in Afghanistvietnam. He was hired to make sure none of the hundred and forty thousand U.S. servicemen and women EVER COME HOME to CONUS, and he did that. They don’t dare ever allow these thoroughly BUTT BUGGERED troops ever come home again, for a number of solid and substantive reasons, the LEAST of which, though quite valid, is the NO JOBS FOR THEM HERE gig. Second, the U.S. is hurtling head on into a CIVIL WAR and or REVOLUTION, and the last thing these puppets here need is a hundred and forty thousand pissed off, over buggered servicemen turning against them and fighting on the OTHER SIDE.

    Stan McCrystal is just like mot thinking and consciously self-preserving men, and knew that the IRAN WAR to come had his name all over it.

    Somehow I just see him smiling every day and thinking; “man, that was CLOSE, wasn’t it??”

    It sure was, Stan! It sure was!

  5. Debbie on the 08. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s ?

    He could be both. But first, he is going to have to find a way out of the quagmire he has found himself in if he is to survive long enough at all to become either.

    Live is not easy for soldiers who would be King. Read Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Would Be King.

    The road to Hell is paved with the medals of such ambitious men.

    It is ironic, I think. that Kipling’s simple story is set in the high mountains around the Khyber Pass.

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