Like ‘Thieves in the Night’

“The Taliban seem to be riding an irresistible momentum – especially when Afghans themselves were stunned to see how the imperial “protector”, after nearly two decades of de facto occupation, left Bagram air base in the middle of the night , scurrying away like rats.”

Pepe Escobar – ‘A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush’ – Asia Times – July 7, 2021
US Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade wait for helicopter transport as part of Operation Khanjar at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on July 2, 2009. – The US pullout from the Pentagon’s once mighty Bagram Air Base in the dead of night, while Taliban fighters pour across the country, looks a lot like a military defeat. Photo: AFP / Manpreet Romana

This serious appraisal from Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist who writes a column for Asia Times and also features on several other news outlets, in his situation assessment – ‘A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush’ – Asia Times – July 7, 2021 – lays bare the inadequacy of the forces of the US “imperial ‘protector’” to safeguard anything, anywhere.

That may come as a surprise (it shouldn’t) to any government also relying on the “imperial ‘protector’” for their own safety and security – viz Australia, for one.  The once mighty (in their own minds at least) US military continues its long history of defeats to, on the face of it, inferior forces.  Of course, as others have found, the Taliban is not ‘inferior’, on their own territory, in any way to modern military. The fact that the Taliban, in such a short space of time, now ‘own’ 85% of Afghanistan and are in a position to make ‘offers’ to the Afghani government – in order to reduce the impact of potential conflict, makes that very clear.

And so, life goes on.  The CIA, will need to find new poppy fields to plunder, and US junkies will need to find a new source for their fixes.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad, Uncle Sam, now? 

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