Oops … Those Pesky Drones
ALWAYS KILLING THE WRONG PEOPLE …
While America’s “leaders” bitch and moan about Russian aggression in its own sphere of influence, a U.S.-led military intervention far afield of its sphere of influence has been going on for nearly thirteen years.
Why? Good question …
We suppose the easiest answer is that the “War Gods” are strong in America … even if their bank account is running $17.4 trillion in the red.
In the latest example of American “military intelligence” at work, a drone strike accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers (our “partners in peace”) and injured seven others.
“We can confirm that at least five Afghan National Army personnel were accidentally killed this morning during an operation in eastern Afghanistan,” a statement from the American-led occupation force noted. “We value the strong relationship with our Afghan partners, and we will determine what actions will be taken to ensure incidents like this do not happen again.”
The “mistake” comes as U.S.-Afghan relations have reached an all-time low. Afghan president Hamid Karzai has refused to sign bilateral security agreement between the two nations that would open the door to a sustained American military presence in the region, and the Obama administration is not happy with him.
Oh well … at least S.C. First Gentleman Michael Haley did his job over there, right?
Ummmm … not so much.
America’s failed military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan are bleeding taxpayers dry. In fact a recent Harvard University study determined the true cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to be in the neighborhood of $4-6 trillion – much higher than the $1.5 trillion figure frequently cited by anti-war activists.
“The large sums borrowed to finance operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will also impose substantial long-term debt servicing costs,” the report found. “As a consequence of these wartime spending choices, the United States will face constraints in funding investments in personnel and diplomacy, research and development and new military initiatives. The legacy of decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will dominate future federal budgets for decades to come.”
Oh … and thousands of Americans are dead, too.
For what? What did all that blood and money get us?