"If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular," a senior adviser to head of NATO ops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (via Rolling Stone)
FUBAR: Military slang for: Fu#ked Up Beyond All/Any Repair/Recognition. FUBAR also has a close military acronym: SNAFU: Situation Normal All Fu#ked Up.
FUBAR and SNAFU can be traced back to WWII--you know that war. That's the war (the last constitutionally declared by Congress) that, along with the US Civil War, is the war that is held up as the shining example of the goodness, nay GREATNESS of the United States of America. The war where we freed the entire planet of fascism, Nazi-ism, imperialism and made the world safe for FREEDOM (and freedom's Siamese Twin: DEMOCRACY)!
So, if the people who were actually in the trenches were recognizing the war, even the GREAT ONE was FUBAR--then we have only gone rapidly downhill from there. Even Marine Major General Smedley Butler (War is a Racket)pointed out that the "War to end all Wars" (WWI) just led to WWII and after he passed away in 1940: Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, the First Gulf War and now our stains in the Middle East. As a matter of fact, since WWII, we have NEVER been at peace.
The SNAFU over theRolling Stonearticle where Stanley is openly and disrespectfully critical of Obama, Biden, Ambassador Eikenberry and others is indicative of a few things to me:
First of all, there is a little known aspect of this developing story: McChrystal was given final approval over the version of the story that appeared in the Rolling Stone--a person that achieves the elevated status in the elite world of McChrystal's rarely rises to the top without knowing the rules and without knowing how to play the game. And trust me, this is a "game." Does anyone believe that this story was a surprise to anyone in the Obama regime, or to McChrystal? No, obviously it wasn't--so why now?
Secondly--with a cataclysm off of our very shores that is further proof that our Military-Corporate Complex is not equipped to handle catastrophes--this SNAFU proves that the Military-Corporate Complex is not even equipped to handle wars. The Empire is crumbling, and it's crumbling even faster than I would imagine than I predicted--so I have to celebrate the news that just demonstrates how FUBAR things are in Afghanistan. Of course, the stats of civilian deaths (yeah, right--we are protecting civilians) and NATO and US troop deaths are there. There can be no disputing facts. No matter how much one wants to think that Obama is "better than Bush" or is "better than McCain" really has to look no farther than these hard-core facts.
All of this posturing and speechifying is nothing but a distraction from the fact that our economy is FUBAR, the Gulf of Mexico is FUBAR, the wars are FUBAR and Wikileaks is set to come out soon with another video of a bombing incident that killed over 100 civilians in Afghanistan and was covered up. When Obama appointed McChrystal to this job, he knew that he had already covered up the murder of Spc. Pat Tillman.
Also, on the heels of the Marjah Offensive ("bleeding ulcer" according toMcChrystal), theKandahar offensiveis approaching and with June already being a deadly month, things will only get worse.