Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The Afghanistan War Was A Twenty Year Nigerian E-Mail Scam

That sums is up pretty well,

Banned Hipster

Hanlon’s razor is an adage or rule of thumb that states “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”. Known in several other forms, it is a philosophical razor that suggests a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for human behaviour. It is likely named after Robert J. Hanlon, who submitted the statement to a joke book. Similar statements have been recorded since at least the 18th century.

There’s no “conspiracy” it’s just “emergent behavior.” Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to incompetence! Sure, 20 years of war and trillions of dollars made by defense contractors, State Department shills, and of course the ever present Israel lobby. They didn’t “conspire” they just sort of happened to make trillions of dollars due to their sheer incompetence. Talk about failing up! — Banned Hipster

The utterly dishonest and disingenuous takes over the recent “failure” in Afghanistan leaves one’s mouth agape. Many commenters, trying to appear sophisticated, will discuss how “incompetent” the Pentagon brass are at fighting wars, or how “unrealistically idealistic” the State Department linked NGO’s are in attempting to educate Afghan girls.

It never seems to cross anyone’s mind that the goal was never to “win the war” – what would that even mean? Nor does it seem to cross anyone’s minds that the “starry eyed liberal idealists” at the State Department and its related NGO’s are not that at all.


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