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Kudos To General Fuller For Not Being Politically Correct...
Kudos To General Fuller For Not Being Politically Correct…
General Fuller, who played a key role in shaping the tactics and the prosecuting of the war effort in Afghanistan, was fired because he rightfully ‘dissed’ Afghanistan President Karzai for the latter opining in public that he would fight against the United States were there a war between the U.S.A. and Pakistan. General Fuller basically said that it was akin to the Afghan President poking the United States in the eye in light of the billions of dollars the United States have given and still is giving to the Karzai kleptocracy. Now, it is true that General Fuller should have known by now, by virtue of his rank and experience, how to play the ‘political game,’ but I give him a pass because Afghanistan now, in my opinion, does not play an integral role in our Geo-policies like it used to after the 911 attacks that were launched from its borders.
It is true too that I once wrote glowingly about maintaining our resolve in Afghanistan, but the firing of General Fuller is just another reason why I am souring on our relationship with the ever increasing corrupt President Kazai Afghan regime. Sometime last year, it was reported by the media that a huge chunk of the financial aid given to the Afghan government, in the form of literal truckloads of dollars, were subsequently taken out of the country and placed into foreign banks for many of President Karzai’s cronies. By now, my wife and mother are tired of hearing my bemoaning of the dire state of many of the Veterans who are catching financial hell when they returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, yet these ungrateful heads of state in those respective war theatres engage in willful blindness when their ‘peeps’ take our monies.
When President Kazai was asked about the hypothetical war between the U.S.A. and Pakistan and responded that he would choose the former as an ally, I understood; but Kazai too is not a rookie in Geopolitics, and he should have parried that hypothetical by telling the reporter that there would be no war between Pakistan and the USA… incidentally, this was the exact response when the same hypothetical question was posed to Secretary-of-State Clinton. In reality I do not expect President Kazai, who has to live with these murderous Taliban and the like, to say that he would aligned his country with the United States in a hypothetical war between the Pakistanis and United States, but he must be mindful of the current blood and treasure being invested in Afghanistan.
I must be objective in critiquing the actions of General Fuller in this matter too - had President Kazai been the head-of-state of a more important ally, then, I would not have given my support to the fired general. And let me further opine that General Fuller had to be fired because the needs of many outweigh the needs of a few or the one (General Fuller) because we are (the many) still in Afghanistan. I am hoping though that the ‘politically incorrect’ remarks made by General Fuller will engender some sort of marked change by President Kazai - but then again I am an optimist. And yes, I am being cavalier about the one-sided alliance with Afghanistan because I am acutely aware that we have important aces in our Geo-policy deck-of-cards: in our quiver is a nuclear India to keep the Pakistanis in check; and, if necessary, a ‘drone’ with President Kazai’s name written in bold letters on it… were he to be a malignant cancer in the future.