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But the fixation on Obama is misplaced.
For the 274th time - Obama is a corporate tool just as Cheney/Bush were - only slightly less so.
The only reason to support him in the last election was that he was the lessor of two evils - not because he was who any rational American would want as President.
We have wasted those lives and the nation's treasure. Anyone with any knowledge of history knew so at the time and those with integrity tried to convince the populace not to follow the war mongers toward another debacle.
The British and the Soviet Union learned their lessons, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but we Americans always believe we are "exceptional", and cannot learn from others' mistakes.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, and the rest of that area are cesspools of deceit and treachery, always happy to allow others to fight their battles and provide billions in bribes. When the time is right, they inevitably turn on their benefactors, making their benefactors broke, foolish, and cuckolded.
Because imperialism makes bankers and traders even richer, they encourage us to forget the lessons of the past - this time will be different- and we repeat the debacles we swore would never be repeated.
Even Vietnam and 50,000 of our best and bravest dying, never taught us that Imperialism is very expensive, in blood and treasure. As multinational and American companies use Ho Chi Ming City for cheap labor to replace American jobs, we still don't learn.
We know that our own Revolutionary War was, in part, the result of the British governments imperialistic wars. The wars profited the War Profiteers and the East India Trading Companies - and bankrupted their country, requiring additional tax revenue from the Colonies, and we still don't learn.
Just as we did in Vietnam, and Iraq, after we borrow and spend millions, billions, and now trillions dollars, we'll declare victory and leave, the War Profiteers richer, and the economy shattered.
Only Bush the 1st was wise enough to get in, get out, get paid. If only Bush the 2nd had heeded his Daddy's example and kept President Cheney under control.
After we leave Afghanistan and Pakistan, having created a populace with legitimate reason to hate us, and an Elite we made rich with our borrowed money, they'll return to tribal and religious warfare and strife, the Sunni vs. Shia, the rich vs. the poor, as if our troops hasn't fought and died, and our treasure hadn't been wasted.
But hey, as our standard of living drops, our health care suffers, our children's educations deteriorate, our infrastructure crumbles, and our national debt climbs, the War Profiteers, the bankers, and the rest of the Elite 1% enjoy their ever increasing wealthy and influence.
To understand the world - always, always, always follow the money.