Mind-blowing quote, truly one for the ages pic.twitter.com/8eAySQoS5o— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 4, 2021
Stanley McChrystal: Corporations want me because I'm a good guy with leadership qualities, and I'm proud of what I've done.— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) September 4, 2021
One of his companies defrauded the military and had to pay a fine of $50 million. For a speech at U of Nebraska, he required $80K and a private jet. pic.twitter.com/xpVI5AKkBs
I'm quoted in The Washington Post, talking about the ways in which the media overlies on generals and the government officials to explain what has been happening in Afghanistan, and the deference they're given. https://t.co/55CWCgHwvU pic.twitter.com/EF0Trp0b9U— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) September 2, 2021
TV appearances recently— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) September 2, 2021
Bolton-at least 2
With almost no questioning of their records. Each of these people has been spectacularly wrong at one point or another, and in some cases have conflicts of interest too. pic.twitter.com/wYqUZrKiuq
More great reporting from The Post. "The eight generals who commanded American forces in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2018 have gone on to serve on more than 20 corporate boards, according to a review of company disclosures and other releases." https://t.co/Lv7bPvXbt9 pic.twitter.com/t42W3aLafF— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) September 4, 2021
This is the first decent clip that I have seen about Afghanistan on FOX News in three weeks. The problem isn’t Joe Biden who is getting killing in the polls for defying the foreign policy establishment and doing the right thing for once and withdrawing from Afghanistan which is the policy that we have always supported regardless of who has been president. We don’t give a shit about personalities. Presidents come and go and what matters is the decisions that they make while in office.
The problem is the Pentagon and “intelligence community” and the “journalists” who are committed to imperialism. The most amazing thing about the withdrawal from Afghanistan is that it has revealed the “journalists” are more committed to cheerleading for endless war and American imperialism than in defending and protecting Joe Biden. In fact, what we are seeing is a continuation of what happened to Donald Trump when he made anti-imperialist noises. Joe Biden is being punished by the Pentagon and Deep State and the “journalists” for following through on the peace deal with the Taliban.
This is why we were stuck there for 20 years. Barack Obama and Donald Trump didn’t have the guts to pull out of Afghanistan or any of the other quagmires the Pentagon, foreign policy establishment and “intelligence community” had mired us in like Iraq and Syria because doing so would have caused a huge tantrum in the media and in Congress which would have cratered their poll numbers. In theory, the president is supposed to be in charge of foreign policy with oversight from Congress, but in reality the Pentagon, foreign policy establishment, powerful senators, the “intelligence community” and the “journalists” have been running multiple presidents. They have seized control of the wheel and have been running our foreign policy in defiance of public opinion. The best example of this is the Russia hoax which went on for years and was created by the “intelligence community” in partnership with the “journalists” to threaten Trump with impeachment in order to control his foreign policy. It worked too.
It is not merely cultural degeneration which is a feature of dying empires. We’ve created a military establishment that is accustomed to dominating and projecting power around the world and killing millions in the process. We’ve also created an “intelligence community” which has spent decades learning how to subvert and overthrow governments abroad like when Trump attempted to install Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela. It was always fanciful to believe that what the Pentagon and “intelligence community” has done abroad like in the “War on Terror” wouldn’t be unleashed against their domestic enemies here at home. The Pentagon and “intelligence community” subverted the Trump administration from Day One and now they are doing it to Joe Biden for ending the war in Afghanistan.
This is why when you turn on any of these cable news outlets – FOX News, MSNBC and CNN – what you find are these retired generals like General Jack Keane who work for defense contractors or CIA and FBI agents explaining to you why the withdrawal from Afghanistan was the worst thing ever. They are not even trying to hide the fact that they are on state media trying to openly mold and manage public opinion. The same parasites who plunged us into these wars and who lost the wars and who grifted trillions of dollars off the American taxpayer and who created these terrorist groups in the first place in places like Afghanistan are suddenly all over television trashing Joe Biden. No dissent from the narrative is allowed even though the majority of the public still supports withdrawing from Afghanistan.
It is a huge mistake to pile on Joe Biden for partisan reasons for withdrawing from Afghanistan which is the policy that we supported. The only thing that accomplishes is making it even harder for future presidents – Democrat or Republican – to cut these antiquated trip wires and pull troops out of other countries.