Should any nation ever have to go to war it in imperative that such actions are prosecuted in such a way to minimize needless death and harm to our service members, and to a lesser degree future harm to the nation as a whole. For the last 5 some odd years we have had a president and his complicit, and or corrupt policy makers running the war on terror. Mr. Obama seems more at ease using the technological approach to war, launching hundreds of attacks with drones that produce uncertain outcomes to the same degree or greater with regards to civilian damage. The use of drones still leaves finger prints behind but barely gets noticed in the world-wide press. War is messy and therefore hard to avoid the world-wide media reports on it. Besides military’s are built of humans, each of which has the potential to create a political nightmare in the PR game of politics with miss guided personal actions.
If you remove or greatly limit the human mind from the game of war and political war, then real war takes on the appearances of the video game “Call of duty”. A push button affair of drones circling above waiting their call to action. Without responsibility’s, guilt, and door left wide open to deny any involvement.
The politics and the excuses used to wage war like this–is politically positive in its presentation as purely cost-effective and an efficient use of taxes to the taxpayers. On one hand we have leadership concerned with the cost effectiveness of running a war on terror. On the other hand we have that same leadership bathing itself in waste, unconcerned with debts, allowing for a monetary windfall to be paid to our terrorist enemy’s as contractors. The use of contractors is again the alter ego of these same politicians looking to bask in the lime-light of cost effectiveness; yet throw all caution to the wind in hiring the enemy to do the job of being their contractors for profit. Without ever using critical thinking to game out any scenario as to how the enemy will use their ill-gotten gains. That’s what passes as being politically wise these days?
The reason that this goes on is that we have a “Congress of 535 people”, each one is either complicit, corrupt, or under threat, keeping them from doing their jobs without compromise. Focusing only on their reelection and maintaining the statues quo. There is something to be said, when our government chooses to call the terrorist act of the FT. Hood shooter–work place violence. If these wizards can’t even recognize terrorists and call them as such here at home, then how can they see just who they are dealing with abroad?
Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.
The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said today in a letter accompanying a quarterly report to Congress.
“I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack, and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believes we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract,” Sopko said.
“There appears to be a growing gap between the policy objectives of Washington and the reality of achieving them in Afghanistan, especially when the government must hire and oversee contractors to perform its mission,” said Sopko, whose post was mandated by Congress.
The Pentagon is scheduled to deliver its own Afghanistan status report to Congress today. Its appraisal, which is months late, will outline progress from October 2012 through March and concerns that deal with handing over security operations to the Afghan military.
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