A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush

A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush


A Saigon moment in the Hindu Kush
The US is on the verge of its own second Vietnam repeated as farce in a haphazard retreat
from Afghanistan
by Pepe Escobar 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

And it’s all over
For the unknown soldier
It’s all over
For the unknown soldier
The Doors, “The Unknown Soldier”


Let’s start with some stunning facts on the Afghan ground.
The Taliban are on a roll. Earlier this week their PR arm was claiming they hold 218 Afghan
districts out of 421 – capturing new ones every day. Tens of districts are contested. Entire
Afghan provinces are basically lost to the government in Kabul, which has been de facto
reduced to administer a few scattered cities under siege.
Already on July 1, the Taliban announced they controlled 80% of Afghan territory. That’s
close to the situation 20 years ago, only a few weeks before 9/11, when Commander Ahmad
Shah Masoud told me in the Panjshir valley , as he prepared a counter-offensive, that the
Taliban were 85% dominant.
Their new tactical approach works like a dream. First, there’s a direct appeal to soldiers of
the Afghan National Army (ANA) to surrender. Negotiations are smooth and deals fulfilled.
Soldiers in the low thousands have already joined the Taliban without a single shot fired.

Insider view: the tragedy of the US Deep State

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Insider view: the tragedy of the US Deep State

May 12, 2021 10 Comments

By Pepe Escobar with cross-postings

Henry Kissinger, 97, Henry the K. for those he keeps close, is either a Delphic oracle-style strategic thinker or a certified war criminal for those kept not so close.

He now seems to have been taking time off his usual Divide and Rule stock in trade – advising the combo behind POTUS, a.k.a. Crash Test Dummy – to emit some realpolitik pearls of wisdom.

At a recent forum in Arizona, referring to the festering, larger than life Sino-American clash, Henry the K. said, “It’s the biggest problem for America; it’s the biggest problem for the world. Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States.”

In realpolitik terms, this “kind of Cold War” is already on; across the Beltway, China is unanimously regarded as the premier US national security threat.

Kissinger added US policy toward China must be a mix of stressing US “principles” to demand China’s respect and dialogue to find areas of cooperation: “I’m not saying that diplomacy will always lead to beneficial results…This is the complex task we have… Nobody has succeeded in doing it completely.”

Henry the K. actually must have lost the – diplomatic – plot. What Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are now involved in, full time, is to demonstrate – mostly to the Global South – how the American-enforced “rules-based international order” has absolutely nothing to do with international law and the respect of national sovereignty.

At first I had archived these Henry the K. platitudes out of sight. But then someone who used to hold a stellar position at the top of the US Deep State showed he had been paying close attention.

This personality – let’s call him Mr. S. – has been one of my invaluable, trustworthy sources since the early 2000s. Mutual confidence was always key. I asked him if I could publish selected passages of his analysis, not naming names. Consent was given – ruefully. So fasten your seat belts. (…)

US: Kicking Vietnam Syndrome Once and for All – Vladislav GULEVICH – 10.11.2014

US: Kicking Vietnam Syndrome Once and for All

Vladislav GULEVICH | 10.11.2014 | 00:00
 strategic-culture
The US is set to roll out a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. A $30 million program is on the way to rewrite its history.

The new commemoration website (vietnamwar50th.com/) was launched with archives and various reference materials. The US young people need to be explained once again who and why fought in the faraway land. The history of the events preceding the intervention goes as far back as September 2, 1945 – the day Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam and announced the end of French rule. Some time passed and the US replaced France in its former colony.

The website mentions the date of September 26, 1945. That day Lt. Col. Albert Peter Dewey was the first American fatality in French Indochina killed in the early aftermath of World War II. He arrived on September 4, 1945 in Saigon to head a seven-man OSS (Office of Strategic Services later – the CIA) team «to represent American interests» and collect intelligence. He arranged the repatriation of Allied POWs, including 240 Americans, from two Japanese camps near Saigon. It’s all clear: an American officer on a humanitarian mission killed by Vietnamese…

The Fact Sheet’s statistics of Vietnam War inform that the US sent the most educated soldiers to the war. The visitors are offered a list of US war allies: Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Vietnam.

The United States Vietnam War Commemoration website omits something important – the history of post-war protest movement that hit the streets of US cities in the 1960-1970s. Nothing is said about the persecution of anti-war activists many of whom were war vets. (…)

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