UPDATED: Aug 21 2009.
Well, that was hardly unexpected; the Red Star can barely offer up a grudging acknowledgement that things weren’t all that bad in Afghanistan. Featuring a column entitled “millions of afghans vote, but is it enough“, one rather gets the impression that Ms Dimanno was hoping for a disaster.
Well, the Afghan elections seem to have gone quite a bit better than predicted hoped by the prophets of doom. 26 Afghans were killed exercising their right for freedom from oppression by the agents of the mad mullahs – that’s it, that’s all.
Bush and his coterie of crooks and warmongers told us that only a military invasion could liberate the people, and especially the women, of Afghanistan from the brutal, misogynistic and “medieval” Taliban movement.
There was no mention, of course, of the substantial support offered to the Taliban regime in the late 1990s when Clinton was president and in the early days of the Bush presidency, nor of the long and ugly history of U.S. intervention in Central and South Asia, which was an important precondition for the rise of Islamism. (WTF? Vietnam, Cambodia = Islamism?)
Ordinarily I wouldn’t give more than about two seconds to contemplate this kind of drivel, but our writer at SW was convinced that even slick willy was in on the whole thing, so I got to thinking. I understand that Hillary’s long suffering husband wasn’t above execising the Leeden doctrine*, especially when special prosecutors were poking around his habit of poking around – but just how much ‘support’ did the Clinton administration supposedly offer to the Taliban, as claimed by ‘Nick’ at SW? According to the SIPRI database, none, zero, nada. As in not one dollar of evil imperialistic military industrial complex support delivered to the Taliban / Afghanistan between 1993 and 2000. Records produced by Defense Department also show nothing in the way of miltary contracts or assistance for period of the Clinton administration.
And as for Dubbya – the entire deliveries of major military equipment to Afghanistan between 2001 – 2008 consisted of 188 M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (I’m thinking ‘hangar’ queens) and in the neighbourhood of about 4000 up-armoured HUMMVs.
Myth – busted.
*“Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.”