The end of the year is a good time to reflect over the last year. 2011 was a water shed year, Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, Occupy Wall Street occupied mostly public parks, the Arab Spring bloomed into bloodshed, US troops pulled out of Iraq after Iraq said so, and much more. All said and done, it was a good year. To help celebrate here are some of my favorite posts from 2011.
Do not be fooled, there is no such thing as an Arab Spring. The popular uprising that sprang across the Arab world was not an organic movement, it was a covert operation intelligence-lead movement. There was a time that the US government backed military juntas, coup detats, even political assassinations by arming, bribing, and influencing key generals and would be dictators by any means necessary. Since 9/11 there has been a three prong approach to the Middle East. The first prong has been direct military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second has been a covert movement to stir the populace to overthrown their governments, such as was the case in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and soon well see in Syria, and Iran. The last approach has been the 1984-style fear mongering and network news propaganda by the government. Whether you like it or not, this is World War III: The Arab Spring.
As far as most Americans understand, the United States is only involved in two distinct and indirect war theaters, Iraq and Afghanistan. But reality is that there is that the United States is involved in a World Wide War with overt and covert operations in counties such as Syria, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran,just to name the obvious ones. The United States has been involved in air strikes, drone attacks, extraction missions, commando raids, etc. in pretty much the whole region for the past ten years. This is, by far, our longest war in history. My biggest fear is that when we finish water boarding and droning tribal leaders in other countries where a man’s wealth is measured in goats these same tools and tactics will be used on student leaders here at home were we have no goats and wealth.
The sun never sets on American military institutions, forward operating bases, and rotational deployment centers.
The Nobel Peace Prize committee must be a bunch or drones, or drone makers such as the makers of the Reaper or Predator drones, to give President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Leading up to the 2008 election, President Obama promised to pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also said that we would close down Guantanamo.
I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank. – Barack Obama Campaign Promise
Since becoming president, Obama has expanded the war deep inside Pakistan, into Yemen, Libya with black ops teams, loafers on the ground operatives, death dealing drones, tomahawk missiles, and a chorus of condemnation. In addition, the Obama administration is pushing for steps that would ultimately bring us closer to attacking Syria and/or Iran. Now Obama has committed to sending US military advisers, code for black ops, into Uganda. To be honest, this is more about hitting sales quotas for new military hardware than humanitarian concerns for the people of Uganda. Don’t forget that President Obama went on a Military-Industrial Complex sales roadshow in India.