We’re winning in Afghanistan, don’t lose hope!

A fellow blogger linked to the story of shrapnel from rocket fire hitting the plane that carried the top U.S. military officer to Afghanistan, and asked folks for their thoughts as to whether it was a lucky shot or something more skilled and devious. (Link to article about plane getting hit.)

My response in the comments of his blog is probably a bit overboard, but by the time I finished venting, I decided I should share them here. (Warning: They’re cynical and affected by the fact a Marine friend of mine just lost three buddies there…)

Here’s what I wrote:

I’m sure it was just a lucky shot. They’ve been saying for ten years that we’re winning, and victory is just around the corner, right?

If we can just stay the course until 2014, or maybe 2018, then they’ll have a fully functioning democracy complete with a government that lacks corruption and a perfect society that lets women vote and drive and generally speak their minds.

Hang in there, gents. We’ve got a whole line of general officers just raring to prove they’re smarter than the dozen who came before them. And those defense contractors… Oh, they’re licking their chops and our cowardly Congressmen don’t want to turn down their donations or appear weak.

So, buck up, young men and women. Lots of medals still to be handed out, plenty of chapters left for Generals to include in their books, and still time for our miserable Congressmen to raise some more campaign donations.

We’re winning this thing! Don’t ever stop drinking the Kool Aid!

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Thanks, Pakistan. You guys are swell.

So our good friends in Pakistan continue to cost us a ton of money.

The latest is an additional $2.1 billion.

“Pakistan’s refusal to let NATO access its ports and roads into Afghanistan has cost the U.S. Defense Department more than $2.1 billion in extra transportation costs to move supplies and equipment in and out of the country.” (Article link.)

For those who forgot, Pakistan closed the ground route last November after a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed 24 of its soldiers

Just as bad — maybe worse — this recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle said that now more Pakistanis see U.S. as its enemy, despite our enormous amount of aid.

“In the last couple of years, Washington has earmarked a bigger chunk of its aid to Pakistan for civilian projects, hoping to engender goodwill with the country’s intensely anti-American populace. The latest polling suggests that the strategy hasn’t worked.

“About 75 percent of Pakistanis surveyed regard the United States as an enemy, according to a poll released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. That’s actually up more than 10 percent since three years ago, when 64 percent said they viewed America as an enemy.” (Article)

Two final points.

First, we’ll be giving nearly $3 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan for fiscal year 2012.  Second, we’ve given more than $20 billion in military and non-military aid since 2001.  (Link.)

Good thing we don’t have any bridges to repair or any ongoing deficits to cut or — umm, this is a stretch — any debt to pay down.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

America: Wake up, you bunch of stupid morons.

Well, if you weren’t challenged enough by the idea of confronting China, then congratulations! We’ll give you something a little more difficult.

How about, let’s see, we’re America and we think we’re invincible… Oh, this is good… How about China and Russia, at the same time?! Yes! That’s something that would even make Teddy Roosevelt flinch.

First, some background.

So, to counter the Chinese mammoth dragon, the geniuses who plan our strategy decided to up the ante. They met and pondered and planned and squealed with delight, “How ’bout we form a bunch of alliances with lots of smaller countries all around China?”

Sounded brilliant. Arguably was if we’re going to be stupid enough to enter another massive arms build up against one of the world’s largest economies and countries.

But, China isn’t stupid. China says, “F’ing Americans. We’ll show them. Let’s team up with Russia, who has that demon of a leader Vladimir Putin back at the helm.”

Yes, that same Putin who served in the KGB and probably hasn’t had a pure thought in the past forty years.

So, there you have it. Here’s the story: Putin says to push military ties with China.

America. Wake up, you bunch of stupid morons. Turn off your stupid reality TV and start paying attention. And quit picking political parties and hating the other. BOTH PARTIES FAVOR THIS ARMS RACE. (Don’t buy the bologna that the Democrats don’t. Have you heard a single bit of debate or dialogue on this issue? Didn’t think so.)

We have 330,000 troops in the Pacific alrady. We’re shifting more.

So, I ask again…

Are we sure we want to do this?

I’d also love to know what it will cost us if we don’t go to war with China over the next 20 years. And how much it will cost if we do? (Is it $1 trillion? $2 trillion? $5 trillion? More?)

I’d also love to know what we get out of this. If these smaller countries want our protection, why don’t we charge them for it? Demand tribute so they don’t have to build up their forces? Or, why aren’t they paying us for stationing troops over there?

Exactly what do we get out of it? Don’t say safety. I completely disagree with that.

So what are we getting out of this? I can only come up with a couple answers.

One, we’re getting access to cheaper labor markets. How does that benefit us? Lower cost T shirts and tennis shoes. But then the corporations keep their profits oversees and hire even more foreign labor, while killing even more American jobs.

So, please, start paying attention my friends. And start talking with your friends. This issue makes our Social Security and Medicare problems, as well as our National Debt, look trivial.

Again, what will it cost us for this build up over the next 20 years? How about 50? (Don’t even think the Chinese aren’t planning long term — like really long term. And how much will it cost if we end up at war? And why, oh why, are we doing this?)

Ask both parties, and read this other blog post of mine, one of my early posts when I first became alarmed: Are we sure we want to do this?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a huge success. Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And Sold Out has already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here. And thanks a million to all my friends and fans who peddle my stuff like street pushers.