Common Sense Political Economics

"If you laid all of the (PhD) economists end to end, to tell you which way to go, they would look like the spokes of a wheel."

Harry Truman

 October 1, 2016

There was ONLY ONE REASON that Bush invaded Iraq, and that was/is to control all of the oil in the Middle East. And this made Bin Laden angry. But Bin Laden made a serious mistake in thinking we were also there to preach Christianity. This resulted in the creation of the Taliban.
ISIS is nothing more that the grandchild of Bin Laden, etc., and they will keep terrorizing us here and there until we completely leave their countries.

But there is a way out of this mess. We just need to go into a MASSIVE renewable energy program and make ourselves completely independent of Arab oil. The prestigious Lawrence Livermore Energy Lab. has said we can do it.

And one more thing, if we don’t admit to the younger generation of Arabs that it really was OIL and not RELIGION and APOLOGIZE to them for all of the death and destruction we caused, they will still continue to terrorize us forever, even after we leave.

There!! I said the unthinkable: APOLOGIZE. But if you stop and think about it, I am sure that sometime in your life somebody has mistreated you badly and when they finally apologized, you found it amazing how quickly you got over it.

The “falling out” that we are having in the Middle East for the last 14 years was caused by our (read Bush’s) pride.

And we all learn as we get older that it is true that
“Pride goeth before a fall.”

It’s past time that we swallow our pride (like we did in Viet Nam) and get the hell out of the Middle East too.

Wendell H. Williams
Former Democratic Nominee
U.S. Congress (CA 10)

One Response to Endless War

  • Glad to see you’re back to posting your thoughts. While I agree with your overall diagnosis about the desire for oil and the sorrows it brings, I think there are a few historical skeins in this ball of yarn that should be identified and teased out if for nothing else than the sake of some historical clarity. Osama bin Laden did not formulate his plans in reaction to the invasion of Iraq but rather to the Saudi royal family”s acquiescence to George HW Bush’s (and allies) use of Saudi territory for war.

    To this end, Osama bin Laden makes it fairly clear why he wanted to attack the United States in his own writings. Bin Laden declared war on the United States all the way back in 1996, 5 years before before the 9/11 attacks, in the statement, “A Declaration of Jihad against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries.” “The Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries” refers to Saudi Arabia, which is the home of the two holiest cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina. In the military preparations before the Gulf War aka Operation Desert Storm, King Fahd agreed to allow U.S. troops into Saudi Arabia so that American military forces could use the country as a pathway to get into Kuwait and force out Saddam Hussein.

    Bin Laden’s opposition to the United States stems from bin Laden interpreting the American military presence in Saudi Arabia as an insult against Islam. Bin Laden’s declaration of jihad against the United States states:

    “All the false propaganda about the supposed rights of Islam was abandoned in the face of the attacks and massacres committed against Muslims everywhere, the latest and most serious of which–the greatest disaster to befall the Muslims since the death of the prophet Muhammad–is the occupation of Saudi Arabia, which is the cornerstone of the Islamic world, place of revelation, source of the Prophetic mission, and home of the Noble Ka’ba where Muslims direct their prayers. Despite this, it was occupied by the armies of the Christians, the Americans, and their allies”.

    Bin Laden was never a poor Afghani tribesman. Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia, and he had a large personal fortune, because his father got extremely wealthy from going into the construction business in Saudi Arabia. In terms of nationality, Osama bin Laden viewed himself as a Saudi and felt especially insulted, both on religious and nationalistic grounds, when the United States deployed troops in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the Gulf War. Bin Laden’s connection to Afghanistan is that he fought with the Afghan mujahideen in the 1980s to drive Soviet troops out of Afghanistan.

    It would also be a good moment to explore briefly the origins of the Taliban. The Creation of Taliban goes back to 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. In 1973, The Soviet Union brought their soldiers into Afghanistan claiming to rebuild the crushing economy. However, the Soviet was resented by the Mujahidin (from whom the Taliban evolved from). At the same time, the Soviet Union and United States were engaged in a cold war. The U.S. was genuinely interested in counter power against the Soviet Union. Thus, Soviet Union’s entrance in Afghanistan signaled the Soviet’s increase in power and strength gaining more power and strength so the United States decided to intervene.Because the United States did not want to see the Soviet Union take control over Central Asia, the U.S. decided to fund troops to fight against the Soviet Union. These troops were called the Mujahedeen. The Mujahedeen were armed and supported by several countries including, the U.S., Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Under Reagan’s presidency Congress which was led by Democrats, decided to form a partnership with the ISI which would recruit the Mujahideen with the support of the Pakistani military extreme views of Islam, led the Mujahedeen to fight ferociously against the Soviet Union. these extremist succeeded in driving Soviet militants out (1989). This unforeseen defeat caused the Soviets to lose billions of Dollars, and led to the collapse of the Soviet Union After the war, Pakistan was left alone to deal with the problems associated with the post war. Following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. declared a war against Afghanistan. at this point the U.S. realized the seeds they had sown. Taliban was a creation of the Pakistani intelligence agency (the ISI) but was funded by the U.S. The U.S. provided $3 billion to build this Islamic group by providing provided ammunitions, which they forgot to keep track of after the Soviet war. Thus, the U.S. was taken a back when the millions worth in weapons that they had provided were now being used against them. Since the Taliban was a creation of the Pakistani intelligence agency. Pakistan has been reluctant to fight them. It is said that a lot of Pakistani and other military personal were known to be siding with the Taliban. It has further been said that the U.S. is responsible for providing the Taliban with logistical and military advice, along with military hardware . Therefore the Unites States and Pakistan are accountable for the Creation of Islamic extremist Group called `Taliban’.

    Bin Laden fought against the Soviet Union and won. If you pull off that, it’s not unthinkable that you might believe that you could pick a fight with the United States and win that too. And, considering that the 9/11 operation is estimated to have cost $500,000 and we have now spent more that $5 Trillion he may very well be right.

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