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The Books

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
by Anand Gopal

Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich
Breach of Trust

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
by Andrew J. Bacevich

Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Power Systems

Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire
by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren
We Meant Well

How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
by Peter Van Buren

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew BacevichWashington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich


Dismantling The Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers JohnsonDismantling The Empire
America's Last Best Hope
by Chalmers Johnson


The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich
The Limits Of Power

The End of American Exceptionalism
by Andrew Bacevich


Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky
Imperial Ambitions

Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
by Noam Chomsky


Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin
Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
by Greg Grandin

A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Alfred McCoy
A Question of Torture

CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
by Alfred McCoy

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency by Michael Klare
Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael T. Klare

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February 28, 2012

Comments

The Afghanistan gas pipeline linking the one in Turkmenistan with the one in Pakistan -- the very reason the US went into Afghanistan in the first place -- is still a dotted line on a map. The Americans should have got out of there the moment they realized that this pipeline was never gonna get laid, and if laid, never survive attacks on it by Afghans hostile to self-serving Western interests -- no matter how many UN peacekeepers were sent there to protect it.

We should just face it -- and turn it into an opportunity: the West is not gonna win the pipelineistan war. Neither North America nor Europe can absolutely bank on the Middle East or Central Asia for its energy supplies. So productivity at home is the answer -- and I'm not talking about filthy tarsands oil. There are gas resources that can bridge us into an era of renewable energy. But first we've got to lose these unimaginative, reactionary, loser governments we've been electing for the past 30 years.

If you're going to win hearts and minds perhaps it makes sense to know the hearts and minds of those you're trying to win.

America's way of war emphasizes the expenditure of American "things", instead of American people. But missiles/bombs/bullets and shells don't know hearts or minds. They know nothing, and so it seems does the American Military.

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