Media Rally Around 'Forever War' in Afghanistan

Olsen, Gunar
http://fair.org/home/media-rally-around-forever-war-in-afghanistan/

Publisher:  FAIR
Date Written:  31/01/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23512

A round up of some of the alarmist reporting on supposed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

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Whenever Trump expresses an interest in reining in US troop deployments - albeit for his own self-serving, nationalist goals - the foreign policy establishment and its stenographers in corporate media have reacted with outrage, especially over US policy in Syria.

The obvious implication of media's concern trolling over any withdrawal plan, in Syria and now in Afghanistan, is that the US should indefinitely occupy multiple countries to maintain as much "leverage" as possible. A permanent war state with an ever-expanding array of military bases across the globe ensures imperial hegemony and ensures record-breaking profits for private military contractors....

Conditions on the ground could certainly get worse after a US withdrawal, but that could easily be the case with or without American troops deployed throughout the region. Often forgotten among those who advocate for forever wars is that these very wars are the greatest contributor to chaos and instability in the first place, with Iraq (which the US occupied for nearly a decade) as a prime example.

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