Washington’s Blood-Drenched Legacy

Washington’s Blood-Drenched Legacy

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Of around 250 wars throughout the post-WW II period, hegemon USA was involved in over 80% of them —spending countless trillions of dollars smashing nations that threatened no one.

In Afghanistan alone over the past 20 years, four US regimes poured trillions of dollars down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse.

The nation’s weapons makers and many other companies profited hugely from mass slaughter and destruction in multiple theaters — the highest of high crimes of war and against humanity, continuing with no end of carnage in prospect.

According to the Center for Sustainable Development’s Jeffrey Sachs:

The US political class, its power elite, and media press agents “hold people of poorer nations in contempt, even as they intervene relentlessly and recklessly in th(eir) countries.”

“The magnitude of the American failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking,” Sachs stressed, the same true for all its post-WW II wars of choice, winning none, advancing the nation’s decline.

At the same time, its ruling regimes installed and supported one tinpot despot after another worldwide.

US war on Afghanistan began when Jimmy Carter supported its mujahideen fighters against Soviet Russia.

Over 40 years of endless violence, bloodshed, destruction, and immiseration of long-suffering Afghans followed.

After arming and supporting Iraq’s Saddam Hussein against Iran throughout most of the 1980s, Bush/Cheney invented a pretext to eliminate him, raping and destroying the cradle of civilization at the same time.

The common thread of all US wars is the sovereign independence of targeted nations, many resource rich like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

According to Sachs, despite “trillions of dollars spent on wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and beyond, the US has nothing to show for its efforts but blood in the sand,” vast destruction, millions of corpses, along with contempt for peace, stability, and rule of law, notions it long ago abandoned.

China’s official People’s Daily  stressed Washington’s obsession with militarism and warmaking.

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s Adam Weinstein said its  forever wars harm ordinary people worldwide, including at home.

French diplomat Gerard Araud stressed the folly of nation-building with “hammers and swords.”

Commenting on the US withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the following:

Its 20 years of aggression “show(ed) that wanton military intervention in other countries and imposition of values and social systems…lead(s) nowhere and is doomed to end up in failure,” adding:

“Afghanistan has broken free from foreign military occupation, and the Afghan people are standing at a new starting point for peace and reconstruction.” 

“China has always respected Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, adhered to non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and pursued a friendly policy toward the Afghan people.”

“China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties in Afghanistan and the international community, and provide utmost support and assistance to help Afghanistan restore peace, rebuild economy, combat all terrorist groups…and integrate into the international community.”

On Monday, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov called Washington’s notion of democracy building by smashing nations “the most dangerous trend of our time,” adding:

US adventurism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and elsewhere that brought misery to its people is polar opposite how Russia operates.

Every time Vladimir Vladimir Putin deployed Russian forces abroad, “he did so in accordance with the international law,” notably in Syria.

Its “legitimate government asked (Moscow) to prevent (the country) from falling apart.” 

Putin obliged, enabling Syrian forces to regain control over most of the nation.

Russia “never ha(d) any aggressive intentions” in Syria or elsewhere, Lavrov stressed.

Phony US/Western claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine are fabricated.

They’ve been no Russian military operations in the country — nor anywhere else extrajudicially.

The same is true for China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other independent countries threatening no one.

Russia’s position on Eurasia and Afghanistan is clear.

It supports “peace, prosperity and security in this region, peace and prosperity for” Afghans and people everywhere. 

It opposes US/Western use of Afghan territory “by terrorists, drug traffickers and other organized criminals their regimes support.

On Monday, Lavrov stressed that Russia isn’t “gloating over events in Afghanistan. (There’s) no such feeling,” adding:

“We are very worried about some of our closest allies and neighbors, which border both Afghanistan and the Russian Federation and have visa-free travel agreements.” 

Moscow is also greatly concerned about dire humanitarian condition in the country after years of US aggression and occupation — along with the Biden regime freezing billions of dollars belonging to the Afghan people that are vitally needed for rebuilding and economic development.

Last week, Putin and China’s Xi Jinping said they’ll work cooperatively for regional peace and stability.

Ahead of completing its withdrawal of combat troops from the country, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told interventionist Blinken that the Biden regime must do more to halt violence in and around Kabul.

He called for “all sides” to work with and “guide the Taliban,” adding:

“The US  needs to work with the international community to provide Afghanistan with urgently needed economic, livelihood, and humanitarian aid to help the new regime maintain the normal operation of government institutions, maintain public security and stability, curb currency depreciation and price increases, and embark on the road of peaceful reconstruction as soon as possible.”

There’s no ambiguity “about the cause of the current chaos in Afghanistan.” 

If the Security Council “wants to take any action, it should help alleviate rather than intensify conflicts, and help the situation in Afghanistan to transition smoothly instead of plunging again into unrest.”

Wang, other Chinese officials and their Russian counterparts know that hegemon USA operates with its own interests exclusively in mind.

Instead of working cooperatively with the Taliban, it’ll go all out to co-opt and control its leadership by whatever it takes to achieve its diabolical aims.

China and Russia will work constructively to restore peace and stability to Afghanistan.

US hegemonic aims are worlds apart from what’s vital for the nation and its people.

VISIT MY WEBSITE: stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

My two Wall Street books are timely reading:

“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”



“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”



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