What happens when you teach hormone driven creatures to take what is theirs, that it all can be theirs, and they cannot loose? They are failures if they lose: anger?
What happens when you teach hormone driven creatures to never take what is theirs, that nothing is theirs, and that they cannot win? They are failures if they win: frustration?
What happens when hormone driven creatures are broken, get frustrated and angry, when it is all theirs but is not? They go mad when it is never theirs and they cannot win: rebellion?
Wherever you find mass graves, you know that someone has been guilty of bad government.
. . . the more they stay the same. That is how the old song goes, and given what happened at the Inter-Con Hotel in Kabul this weekend, it pops into my head again. There was a lot of bad news all over the world, Syria, DC, Kabul. There was some good: the Women’s March.
In Kabul at the Intercontinental Hotel, gunmen, deaths, hostages. It was an ongoing situation when last I looked.
It has been a long time since nineteen-seventy-nine, Feb. 14th. US Ambassador Dubs in Kabul was kidnapped and taken to the Kabul Hotel. He was held hostage and killed during a failed rescue attempt. My father was a doctor, stationed there at the time. He was called to the hotel where he examined the man and told them there was nothing he could do for him.
That was thirty-eight years ago next month. Given what the Soviet’s and the US have done to Afghanistan, I would say that our military intervention and policies have failed badly. Time to rethink this folks.
There was a story on the web in the last year of McMaster showing Trump a picture of women in Kabul in mini-skirts in the seventies. He convinced Trump that we could make Kabul like that again. I assume there was some military solution. Thirty-eight years of military solutions. It is long past time for the Afghan people to get what they want. And if it is not what the Americans, the Russians, the English, or the Chinese want, so be it.
When I was last in Kabul, it was the early seventies, it was just after the first “bloodless” coup. Mohammed Daoud Khan had just taken over from his cousin, Mohammed Zahir Khan. He was trying to head of a communist movement. He was finally assassinated by that movement in seventy-eight. At night I remember the flashes of artillery fire in the Khyber Pass. The previous king and the Pakistani government had a deal with the Pathans, the Pashtuns. They paid them to let traffic through unmolested during daylight. At night, that was your problem. My guess is the coup upset that deal.
Kabul was a beacon of modern civilization. Ariana air was partly owned by TWA, the Peace Corps was there, and they wandered into town once in a while. They had been taught Dari, but the villages they were in spoke Pashtu. The borders were porous and contraband moved fairly well across them. It supported the local tribes. The provinces were controlled by the local tribes. There was an annual bushkazi event where the King awarded a gold coin.
It fell apart, but it worked until the first coup and trying to bring democracy to the place. Socialism did not work any better. I think I would describe how the country worked as enlightened self-interest. Not necessarily somebody else’s tribal interests, but your own. How are you going to put it back? That is something the US government really has to ask itself, because so far they are grossly misinformed. They cannot even do that in the US right now.
One year in, technically the US government ran out of money at midnight. It is now the weekend, whatever that means in these wacky days. I use the word wacky loosely, weird or creepy or frightening also apply. I am trying to look on the bright side.
Criminal government is tyranny. Behaving as if what has occurred in the USA over the last year is government as usual is conspiracy after the fact. The GOP is at the very least, guilty of that. It is a fitting anniversary for the most successful attack on the USA ever. Kudos to the enemy, whoever they are. You saw our weakness and turned it against us.
But there are no failures, only lessons. Thank you for waking me up. I am waiting for the honest civil servants in our legal system to catch up with the criminals. I hope I live long enough to see some of them pay for their crimes. I am no saint. They have caused me great psychological distress over the last fifteen months, ever since waking up to the election results and finding a career criminal embraced by our system.
I cannot remember when Mr. DeLorean tried to save his car company with a large drug deal. The DEA was there to help him try. I wonder why when Mr. Trump was trying to save his company by dealing in proscribed moneys, the IRS and the Treasury Dept. were not as helpful? Is it perhaps because the US government is somewhat lax on crime when they get their cut? That is part of it, but I have yet to figure out the full subtlety of the system.
Sixty-two million people in the USA voted for Trump. Yes government has an inherent flaw, it leads to corruption, but embracing corruption is not the answer. The USA has proven to the world that its governmental system cannot be trusted. We now will spent the rest of our lives, and our children’s lives trying to save face. It has been said that honest men cannot be cheated. There just do not seem to be a lot of honest men in the US. Not enough. I have spent my life trying to learn from my mistakes. It is a hard row to hoe. Like I said, I am no saint.
I believe in the illusion of government, it helps the free market thrive. If all the greedy kleptocrats out there have any sense at all, they will help restore order to the illusion. Boarders are only valuable if they are porous; it helps prevent explosions. If a body wants their proscribed moneys released, maintain the structural integrity, do not take territory, property is an illusion that must be maintained. It you are going to pick pockets, do not pants a body to get the wallet. People notice the breeze.
I am not a good political analyst. I am slow. Most of the things I have broken in my life have been a result of haste. I am leery of people who know what is what and want to fix things because I am not much different than everybody else. I have learned that how I want the world to be is not necessarily the way the world should be. In all of the bureaucracies I have worked in, people who have generally come up with better ways of doing things, have not made it better. People only see so far as the consequences of their actions, then things move in ways that are not foreseen. Sometimes wisdom is not a matter of doing, but not doing.
Still, when it is bleeding, we all should know how to apply pressure to the wound. It may not help, but there is just a freak out function to try.
A New Type of Shore Bird (at least to me)
You can learn a lot if you pay attention, Yogi Berra, the baseball coach is suppose to have said that. I have avoided paying attention to politics for years. Now I am paying attention again. My brain hurts.
This is an interesting example of political posturing and the smokescreen of caring about what constituents think. Senator Risch is not paying attention to anything but his own judgement as far as the Russian interference attack is concerned. These three letters are all the same over a good six months of time in which just by casual observation a person can see motive, means, and opportunity of a crime. There are rumors that some foreign moneys turned up in his campaign, not much, but some. McConnell is rumored to have taken a much large amount. I imagine most of Risch’s moneys come from lobbyists, and he is paying much more attention to the tax cuts for them right now than to his work in the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Save for the dates, these letters are identical. Illusion much? He has certainly moved up on my list of people in a criminal conspiracy against the of the US. He will have to face the tough questions when he eventually faces the counter intelligence investigation. The thing that most of the people involved in this conspiracy are wrong about is that this will go away like all corruption ever has. This is a totally new beast in the history of the US, and we as a people have been roused from our stupor. To quote the Dude, “This will not stand, man.” I am still hoping for that “peaceful transition of power”, but as you can see, the corruption and denial run pretty deep.