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War is over!

Obama Welcomes End Of The Longest War In American History

Finally, we’re ending the drug war!

President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.

Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul.

Oh.

That war.

Thats great, and all, but it’s certainly not the longest war in American history.

Carry on.

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32 comments to War is over!

  • Ending the drug war at home would end the costliest war our country has ever embarked upon. It is the only war ever fought on American soil besides the civil war since the American Revolution. It has taken more lives and cost more people their freedom than all the casualties of all the other wars.

    The rest of the world awaits our success:

    The Global Drug War: Ten Critical Developments in 2014
    http://tinyurl.com/lrmaum2

  • claygooding

    Over $5 trillion dollars and 40 million Americans arrested for small quantities of drugs while thousands are killed in the production countries and trafficking lanes and yet the bureaucracies spending all those funds still cannot tell us when we will win,,but we must keep throwing money in the hole plus corruption on both sides of the border.
    And we sell stocks for privately owned prisons on Wall Street.
    Thanks but no thanks.
    PS: who is going to guard the opium crops now?

    • The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe
      http://tinyurl.com/q4lsxmy

      • Duncan20903

        .
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        That’s not a narco-state, that’s a doggone mole. Here, hold this mallet and when he gets to his new home and pokes his head up from one of the 50 holes whack him with it. If you can whack him 10 times in succession you win a genuine certifiable Calvina Fay inflatable sex doll.

        But be careful, if she gets the opportunity she’ll suck the life right on out of you just like she did to that poor guy in the picture.

  • Servetus

    If it’s true that people and assorted lunatics imitate their government, far more so than they imitate video games or the cinema, then the end of any real war is a good thing. If you can call it a war. The “end of combat ”, is how it’s defined by the government in this case.

    Amy Goodman just did an interview on Democracy Now with Mathieu Aikens detailing the opium trade in Afghanistan. They called Afghanistan the “worst narcostate in history ”. Okay. I thought that honor belonged to the United States, but others obviously have a different perspective. It sounds as if the drug war will be the excuse to continue the war in Afghanistan, under the plausible disguise of protecting public health, and so forth.

    As it’s been 13-years in Afghanistan, there are emerging teenagers in the United States who have never known anything in their life but war. Yet the drug war continues, as if trading one war for another constitutes an end to war. Countries such as Mexico and Afghanistan face utter destruction under the faux-friendly auspices of American drug enforcement. It can only be business as usual, because that’s how the government rolls.

    The end of the combat mission in Afghanistan means nothing. The U.S. isn’t finished screwing up Afghanistan, or Mexico. Subjugation and exploitation of the two countries vis-à-vis a drug war is their end game.

    BTW: Aikens reveals a basketball-size lump of raw opium in Afghanistan goes for US$600. Someone needs to introduce the idea of “fair trade opium” to go along with their “fair trade coffee”.

  • Unwinnable by Design, and Business is Good

    To the best of my knowledge it was Pete’s blog here that was where and when I first discovered former Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald.

    It’s hard to top Greenwald for his cogent analyses of many issues of our day. I’m including a few sentences from a 2010 Salon article he wrote. It could have been written by almost anyone here, but hey it’s Greenwald.

    “Many of the civil liberties erosions from the war on terror have their genesis in the war on drugs. Both wars ensure an unlimited stream of massive amounts of money into the private war-making industries which feed them.

    These two intrinsically UNWINNABLE WARS,— unwinnable by design— seem destined to endure forever, or at least until some sort of financial collapse simply permits them no longer.

    These wars manufacture the very dangers they are ostensibly designed to combat. Meanwhile, the industries which fight them become richer and richer.”
    — Glenn Greenwald—

  • jean valjean

    It’s been observed on this site that it’s always EX-police officers who join LEAP. Well here’s how the other ex-cops spend their time, (URL says it all) in this piece by Max Blumenthal:

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/emails-and-racist-chats-show-how-cops-and-gop-are-teaming-undermine-de-blasio

  • DdC

    Over? He don’t think so.
    Western leaders are nothing more than prostitutes and psychopaths ….
    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=760326817347344

  • Servetus

    [Satire]

    ANTI NEWS BULLETIN # 122:

    SONY ATTACKED BY ANGRY STONERS in retaliation for Seth Rogen Weed-Comedy “Pineapple Express”:

    The shadowy group, calling itself “Guardians for Pot” has threatened to bring Sony Corporation to its knees if it didn’t get rid of all traces of the 2007 Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that depicts marijuana smokers as ‘hapless goofballs with no self-control'[…]

    …threats to flood random movie theatres with millions of gallons of bong water. “America will be reduced to a sea of stinking gray sludge! We will make 4/20 into the 9/11 of Pot, and no moviegoer, anywhere, will be safe.”[…]

    …free speech finally prevailed, and Sony officially announced that it will release Pineapple Express 2 after all, on April 20, at exactly 4:20 PM in theatres worldwide.

  • IfYouWantIt

    At least NYPD is listening to us 🙂

    “.. Drug arrests made by the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau have plunged 83 percent ..”

    de-blasio-police-union-leaders-meeting-amid-rift/

    • claygooding

      If it was just drug arrests they would be listening too us,,parking tickets,speeding tickets and urinating in public tickets also dropped by 80%.

      One has to wonder if they left their precincts with the intention to make only absolutely necessary arrests instead of quotas and grant money at stake would these problems have ever occurred???

    • B. Snow

      “The NYPD says the drop in arrests is due to a combination of officers grieving and being on edge after the fatal shootings of Liu and Ramos and not making unnecessary stops and summonses.”

      Now, while I realize that they can’t keep up with the grieving & ‘being on edge’ forever…

      They CAN indefinitely carry on with = “not making unnecessary stops and summonses.”

      And perhaps when/if they decide that they’re going to want the grant money, along with an excuse for their continued employment = they should be thoroughly pressed to explain (in detail) the necessity of any/all stops and summonses.
      I’m thinking that it should be to the satisfaction of an independent/public review of some sort?

      The results I suspect would be similar to that of many juries failing to convict or sentence people over drug possession.

      We could call it Over-Policing Nullification – perhaps? (Any other ideas??)

  • Tony Aroma

    This is good news! Did we win? Did they surrender? Doesn’t a war “come to a formal end” when one side surrenders? Does this mean we’ve successfully conquered Afghanistan? Now that I think about it, I don’t recall the US ever actually declaring war. Don’t you have to have a formal declaration of war before the war can be formally over?

    • DdC

      As far as I know. Afghanistan and Iraq were sanctioned “Wars” by Congress. Based on lies, but still officially voted on and formally declared. After Junior announced mission accomplished, Iraq became a police action. War is non profit and expenses are allocated by Congress. A police action is for profit. Vietnam and Korea and the Drug War were/are police actions. Making Afghanistan the longest war. Now it will become a police action to protect the poppies.

  • thelbert

    news from washington state: http://tinyurl.com/kcysr4a

  • Servetus

    Cops meet unexpected opposition to a random marijuana arrest occurring in Delray Beach, Florida:

    A group of people formed a human shield to keep police officers from a man who police wanted to detain Saturday in a neighborhood. “The next thing they know, there’s 70 to 75 people out there,” Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said. “The officers had to use pepper spray to get the people back.”

    Ultimately, four people were arrested, and a police cruiser windshield was shattered. An officer was struck during the skirmish, but no additional injuries were reported.

    The events began Saturday night when officers saw a man walking down the road and smoking, Delray Beach Police said. The officers smelled marijuana and decided to stop their police vehicle, according to Sgt. Nicole Guerriero.

    Incidents like the one above demonstrate that a cop’s job in a police state may not be as easy as the famous quote suggests.

    • claygooding

      It also shows people are willing to fight that police state,,and depending on the Del Ray PDs response the next few days will tell whether they got the message.

  • mr Ikasheeni

    Gov. Snyder of Michigan has maybe consulted with ALEC to tailor screens only for non-corporate recipients… http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/12/welfare_drug_testing_pilot_pro_1.html

    • DdC

      Disgusting.
      https://www.facebook.com/222DdC/posts/10152787445572326
      4/10/2003 Detroit — A civil liberties group applauded a federal appeals court’s ruling that declared Michigan’s sweeping drug-testing program for welfare recipients unconstitutional.

      Like the Red Menace of the early 1950’s,
      the current drug hysteria has led to a loyalty oath,
      this time, the urine test.
      ~ Abbie Hoffman, the Nation, Nov.21,1987

  • Windy

    Wishing all my couchmates a VERY Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  • claygooding

    Well,,it’s done,,the New Year has arrived and its only 359 days until Christmas.

  • claygooding

    For the last 11 years our troops have patrolled huge opium and marijuana crops without an eradication policy in place,,that is not zero tolerance and in the US SWAT tactical teams are sitting in vans getting mentally prepared to kill or be killed because someone smelled a joint.

    That is not a war on drugs but a war on America’s fundamental rights and over incarceration of the poor for victim-less non-violent crimes for a substance less harmful than water.

    The refusal to release marijuana from Schedule 1 by the DEA so the research can be done despite the fact that the majority of the American people have accepted marijuana as medicine is a crime against humanity and we want Federal indictments and trials,,anything less is unacceptable.

    http://tinyurl.com/n8j7zut

    Neill Franklin
    ·
    This is not an exception, but way too common. Unfortunately, many believe that the end justifies the means, even when the end results are highly questionable.
    In the words of Frank Serpico, “There’s no such thing as a crooked cop, there are cops and there are crooks.”
    The drug war is far more problematic than what the average person realizes and many of our law enforcement “professionals” have become quite good in concealing this fact. ‘end’

    Anytime your ideals includes the use of force your ideals are worthless.

  • Lucid/stuff/thanks/Radley!

    “The second lesson here is that these tactics and the justifications for them are still absurd and beyond justification. The police will say they need to stage these raids to take suspects by surprise. But that very surprise is why Jason Wescott is dead. The guy was a pot smoker. By all accounts, he wasn’t violent. He was very likely terrified the night he died. The cops are lucky he didn’t kill one of them first. I don’t think it’s particularly speculative to say that if the cops had come to Wescott’s home, surrounded the house, knocked on his door, he’d have let them in. It’s hard to imagine a guy who had just filed a report with the police deciding to shoot it out with them over $5 worth of marijuana.

    But this is how it’s done, now. To stop people from getting high, we employ situational ethics to cut deals with criminals. We break down doors, shoot dogs, and deploy flash grenades. We scream and point guns at whoever is inside, including children. And when it all goes to hell and somebody dies, we shrug and write it off as collateral damage. Because if the cops say this is how you stop people from getting high, who are we to question them?

    And so the pile of bodies grows. The cops get cleared. The drug war marches on. And then it all happens again.”

    • For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

  • The War in Afghanistan is not over. America has just left the field.