“Over and Over, like a monkey with a miniature symbol

…. the joy of repetition is really in you.” Or so it would seem with the conduct of US policy in Afghanistan.

Counterterrorist Pursuit Team: 3,000 Man CIA Paramilitary Force Hunts Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan

First they train the Mujahideen to fight the Soviets. The Mujahideen in turn morph into the ultra-radical Taliban which ends up beings Osama Bin Laden’s host and mentor. Now they train and equip the so-called Counterterrorist Pursuit Team – or Mujahideen ver. 2.0 –  to pursue OBL and his spawn in that region. Any guesses for what this might lead to ten years from now …

Bottom-line: interfering in someone else’s affairs never pays off. But what can you do about the sweet intoxication of power that turns bureaucrats and politicians into wannabe warriors. Also perpetual warfare in any given region of the world is always good for defense contractors and the like.

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