While the Trump administration continues to deliberate on altering U.S. strategy in Afghanistan the corporate-owned media reminds us of the importance behind maintaining a U.S. military presence there for the foreseeable future. Pro-war pundits and mouth pieces for the wholesale slaughter industry tell us that the $3 trillion in natural resources located in Afghanistan warrant U.S. involvement and maintenance of the longest war in U.S. history, a war that has seen more than 2,300 U.S. soldiers killed and more than 17,000 injured. And these casualties reflect only the tip of the iceberg regarding overall loss of life in the 16-year long conflict; more than 100,000 Afghans, many of whom were civilians, have also perished.
When you hear outlets tell you that the occupation is worth maintaining in order to eventually extract those resources, it is important to bear in mind that any financial benefit to be gained from said resources is strictly reserved for the policy makers and those vested in their companies, i.e. executives and major stock holders of war-profiteering companies. The average American doesn’t stand to gain a dime from the occupation, sure they might provide a few minimum wage jobs at gas stations or other companies profiting from the conflict but at the end of the day the grotesque loss of life and allocation of taxpayer money grossly outweighs any financial incentive for the average American to support the Afghan occupation continuing.
YOU have nothing to gain from the Afghan war, anyone telling you otherwise is at best a fool or at worst deliberately deceiving you. I don’t know about you but I refuse to support the notion that human lives and billions in taxpayer money is worth less than the quarterly profits of billionaires in the mass death industry. Just imagine how better the world would be if that money was spent at home bettering the lives of ordinary people, or better yet, if people weren’t having their money stolen via taxation to fund wholesale slaughter and instead were permitted to keep that money and spend it how they saw fit.
Hopefully conversations such as these become more mainstream in American political discourse and it becomes more and more difficult for those invested in war to sell their schemes of death to the public.