Swamp Beasts of the Potomac
“You don’t need to be a brilliant geopolitical strategist to understand that the United States should be the best friend –and the worst enemy – any nation could have” — says the president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in an August 18, 2021 Washington Times op-ed. Truthfully, I haven’t got a clue who would qualify as a “brilliant geopolitical strategist” – but maintain absolute certainty that Clifford May doesn’t rule himself out as one. The evidence of that will be presented in due course.
He goes on: “Following the events of recent days, the U.S. will be perceived differently: “harmless as an enemy but treacherous as a friend.”” Who is cited inside those quote marks isn’t said. But, since May bragged about dining with Afghan president Ghani in a column a week before that, the lamming ex-chief exec sounds like one source. A sap that gets swindled on schedule for years on end is always called a double-crosser for finally wising up. Afghan grifters probably felt they deserved the take just for putting up with the wind blowing from both ends of American bagmen.
The US has poured money, ordnance and American lives into a country of 40 million — that is up against an army of 80,000 – for 20 years. Leaving aside any credentials the FDD prez proffers in the strategery department – his nose for treachery is sniffing at the hind quarters of the wrong dogs — that pungent Pashtun cuisine must have overwhelmed his fragile senses. Continued funding of tribal chieftains pretending to defend the peasants in their fiefdoms, who use the loot instead on bacha bazi boys and feathering their own nests, is what’s treacherous — to American taxpayers. That’s a kind of betrayal people who feed at the same troughs May does call “patriotism.”
Is there any legit outrage left these days? The billion dollar boondoggle rackets of beltway banditos faded into sideshows while performances of the great oppressed commanded center stage. But tell humanitarian bombers its closing night and they can chew up scenery like wokies who suddenly find out they have to pull their own weight. Americans are constantly browbeaten for falling short of that perfection no other country comes close to…and simultaneously informed of their responsibility to hose the grease off foreign politicians—while policy wonks pump it on them with the other hand. Our betters have been smoldering in think-tank armchairs swilling XO brandies while looking down at us for long enough.
Nobody, with or without any level of clearance, will ever be able to tell us where all those shekels ended up making the world safe for dumb-ocracy. What we all know is that as the buying power of a dollar thins it isn’t the living standards of people selling international integration that take the hit. Does anybody doubt that the dire rhetorical demand for strident US involvement abroad is funded by taxpayers? How much money do you think think-tanks get from guys whose kids enlist? People who make bombs, like any other profit motivated provider, don’t like them sitting idly undetonated in arsenals. So, who do think charitably keeps guys like Clifford May cranking out wo
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