Perpetual War Everywhere

November 10, 2008

War is chaos — hence the word ‘war‘ can be traced back to the Indo-European root, ‘wers,’ which is to confuse, mix up.
Funny, another form derived from the same Indo-European root word had developed into a word denoting a more benign kind of mixture, Old High German, ‘wurst,’ meaning “sausage.”

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In a flurry of bratwurst-laden shit, Decider George and his minions created a perpetual grisly-grinder war against everybody.
Secret orders from the Pentagon made it so.
The New York Times reported yesterday the Pentagon made it legal to go after terrorists anywhere.

  • These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said.
    The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.

Beyond screeching fear-mongering and the slaughter of countless innocents, the worst part of this Global War on Terror is its abject failure.

(Illustration found here).

Also from the Times story:

  • Even with the order, each specific mission requires high-level government approval.
    Targets in Somalia, for instance, need at least the approval of the defense secretary, the administration official said, while targets in a handful of countries, including Pakistan and Syria, require presidential approval.

Secret orders or not, the GWOT has been a disaster.
Not only is the operation ineffective, but it’s making matters worse.
Dr. Jeffrey Record of the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College considered Decider George’s terror war a bust, even way back in December 2003:

  • He believes that the war on terrorism — as opposed to the campaign against al-Qaeda — lacks strategic clarity, embraces unrealistic objectives, and may not be sustainable over the long haul.
    He calls for downsizing the scope of the war on terrorism to reflect concrete U.S. security interests and the limits of American military power.

And in a discussion of President-Elect Obama’s terror-war focus in the coming months, Mark A. LeVine in the current issue of History News Network advises to not only reconsider the GWOT, but to change the view on Afghanistan:

  • To have a chance at securing Afghanistan Obama must separate the Taliban from al-Qa’eda (as much in the minds of US policy-makers and war planners as on the ground).
    But to sever the Taliban from al-Qa’eda Obama must first accept that the larger policy governing the war on terror—specifically, that it should be conceived of as a war and fought as such—is fundamentally flawed.
    Put simply, Obama must end the “war on terror.”
    He must accept that American military action in the Muslim world can no longer be conceptualized and prosecuted as a global conflict against an ill-defined “enemy,” in which the United States arrogates to itself the right to invade countries at will, and kidnap, kill and torture people based merely on their religion and the suspicion that they have attacked or might attack the United States.
    Instead, the conflict must be redefined as what it should have always been: a criminal investigation whose goal is to capture and try people directly responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and other violence against American civilians.

And why not?
The original intent of all this shit was to catch/kill the perpetrators of Sept. 11, 2001.
In the Authorization for Use of Military Force passed Sept. 14, 2001, the intent seemed fairly simple:

  • That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

Instead, Decider George turned the whole operation into a massive, clumsy, incompetent world-wide war against an idea.

Perpetual war to nowhere.

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