Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rebranding Doesn't Pass The Smell Test

"We had to destroy the village to save it." - Infamous quote from the Vietnam war. Coincided with the 'strategic hamlet' program designed to force relocation into camps to isolate peasants from forces battling the occupiers.
An age old tactic of conquest going back to the indian reservations of the 1800s. All indians who didn't comply were labeled hostiles and wiped out.

The NYT puts a positive "booby trap" spin on the newest incarnation:

U.S. Forces Demolishing Afghan Homes They Say Are Booby-Trapped

"KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- In the newly won districts around this southern city, American forces are encountering empty homes and farm buildings left so heavily booby-trapped by Taliban insurgents that the Americans have been systematically destroying hundreds of them, according to local Afghan authorities.

The campaign, a major departure from NATO practice in past military operations, is intended to reduce civilian and military casualties by removing the threat of booby traps and denying Taliban insurgents hiding places and fighting positions, American military officials said.

While it has widespread support among Afghan officials and even some residents, and has been accompanied by an equally determined effort to hand out cash compensation to homeowners, other local people have complained that the demolitions have gone far beyond what is necessary."

You have to think the psyop spooks and propagandists work overtime to come up with justification for war crimes and atrocities the fascists are committing. They have to because the murderous rampage gets worse day by day as psycho american criminals stumble around badly in wars they've already lost.
"You know we don't do body counts." General Tommy Franks said, harkening back to the phony measure of success in Vietnam. No, they simply wantonly kill this time around and everyone they murder is instantly branded an insurgent or Taliban or "Al qaeda" Next time you read a headline in american MSM, coming almost daily now, like "Officials: U.S. Missiles Kill 20 in NW Pakistan", marvel at the godlike ability to uncannily slaughter only the people fitting their definition of being bad guys, sparing their jeebus the tedious work of having to sort the bloody parts out.
I wonder what new and improved synonym for surge they're going to dream up for this?

NATO: Combat role in Afghanistan could pass 2014


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