There is history, ideology and strategy, and now there is opportunity that makes you wonder what the hell is happening in Afghanistan.
Fact number 1: In the mid-1980s, a covert operation was set up by individuals in the Reagan administration to sell and supply arms to Iran. Profits from the transactions were used to fund the Contras (anti-socialists) movement in Nicaragua.
Fact number 2: In the late 1980s, Congressman Charlie Wilson, a fiercely anti-Soviet Democrat, became the go-between that far right Republicans needed on the appropriations committee to ensure that Afghan mujahedeen forces would be provided with arms. Hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers' money and private sources secretly paid for the US manufactured military weapons supplied to the 'freedom fighters'.
Fact number 3: During the 2008 presidential election, Republicans directed attacks on Obama, stating that he is a socialist. They ran a campaign that fuelled these accusations, fabricating information or playing up aspects of Obama they claimed to be un-American. They still believe these claims.
Fact number 5: Something has shifted in Afghanistan since Obama was elected president and has re-directed military resources there. The Taliban's mujahedeen forces are stronger and are being supplied with increasingly effective offensive weapons.
Some observers are speculating that Afghanistan may become Obama's Viet Nam. All of this makes me wonder whether politically far right Republicans are secretly funding the Taliban in Afghanistan to undermine the Democrats.
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