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04/07/2020

I’m probably prejudiced. There’s something about media stories sourced exclusively from unnamed intelligence officials that makes me reluctant to give them benefit of the doubt. Just because they’ve been on a long losing streak from Saddam’s WMD to Russiagate ‘collusion’ doesn’t mean they aren’t right this time.

They probably are right. A bit. I’m sure there’ve been Soviet/Russian assets, including intelligence and special forces, continuously up to nefarious things inside Afghanistan since at least the 19th century. I’m fairly confident there would have been occasions individual Russian liaison agents/officials offered local militiamen material incentives to target US forces there, either specifically or in general. I’m equally confident US ‘advisors/trainers/observers/whatever’ have made equivalent offers to their Afghan allies aimed at Russian, Chinese and Iranian personnel operating in Afghanistan. It’s how The Game is played.

But if you’re trying to suggest the Kremlin has put some kind of blanket bounty on the heads of US service personnel in Afghanistan and we’re only just hearing about it from anonymous spooks, and not a host of informants, defectors, captured prisoners, sympathetic civilians and virtually the entire Afghan exile population, then you’ll have to excuse me.

Yes, we know Trump is a sociopathic fool utterly unsuited to wield power in any form. But we don’t need to be constantly force fed obvious bullshit to remind us of that.

From → politics, rant

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  1. Serious topic….!!!

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