Biden, or rather, those running his office, have no apparent intention of being a peacetime administration.
As if it weren’t obvious enough that the military-industrial complex didn’t want to leave its favorite blasting zone by “pushing back” the deadline to vacate Afghanistan, now we have a fresh wave of airstrikes that will, invariably, lead to higher recruitment totals in the groups we’re supposedly trying to stop.
Militant forces reportedly backed by Iran were blown to smithereens on Sunday in a series of bombings targeting storage facilities used by the Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhaha. An estimated 7 militants were killed in the strikes. The airstrikes come in retaliation to an “ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq”, according to a pentagon spokesman. The interests in question were not specified.
Iraq was nonplused about this. The country’s own military called the attacks an affront to the nation’s sovereignty, as well as an offense to Iraqi national security. General Rasool of the Iraqi Armed Forces, released a statement proclaiming that Iraq was not an “arena for settling accounts”.
You could not be blamed for not know why the US is in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or anywhere in the middle east. The stated purposes range from maintaining stability to protecting oil fields (the US was energy independent under Trump), to “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here” despite the fact that numerous Islamic terrorist attacks have occurred on US soil. As capable and impressive as the American military is, it has a sorted history of not being particularly effective against rag-tag bands of farmers and militiamen hiding in caves – ask the Vietnamese. The total cost of the conflicts vastly outweighs any of the positive aspects gained, and anyone who says differently might be working for Raytheon.
Don’t bet money on that new 9/11 withdrawal date.