HomeArticleCool “Afghanistan Withdrawal”, Bro

Cool “Afghanistan Withdrawal”, Bro

Listen to a reading of this article:

The US government is reportedly close to securing a deal with Pakistan that will ensure its ability to continue military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, the nation where the Biden administration proudly “ended” a decades-long war.

“The Biden administration has told lawmakers that the US is nearing a formalized agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, according to three sources familiar with the details of a classified briefing with members of Congress that took place on Friday morning,” reads a new report from CNN.

“The briefing comes as the White House is still trying to ensure that it can carry out counterterrorism operations against ISIS-K and other adversaries in Afghanistan now that there is no longer a US presence on the ground for the first time in two decades after the NATO withdrawal from the country,” the report reads.

So as has been obvious for months the US empire will still be retaining military control over a key geostrategic region adjacent to Iran and China, will still be enriching the military-industrial complex by raining explosives upon human beings on Afghan soil, and will still be continuing George W Bush’s “war on terror” scam. It just won’t come with the bad cosmetics of maintaining a ground troop presence.

After all the Biden administration’s proud self-fellating fanfare for “ending” this war, it turns out it was nothing more than a slight formatting adjustment.

Cool withdrawal, bro.

As we discussed after Biden took office, this is the modern model of US warfare; a de-emphasis on Bush-era Hulk Smash ground invasions in favor of drone warfare, missile strikes, starvation sanctions, proxy wars, staged coups, special ops, and cold war maneuverings. Constant footage of flag-draped coffins coming home during Bush’s wars caused a PR nightmare for the empire from which it still hasn’t fully recovered, but technological and strategic advancements has made such bad publicity largely a thing of the past. Troops deployed overseas are now far more likely to die by their own hand than by combat.

The goal of the empire is to be able to topple governments and dominate the globe without incurring a negative perception among the inhabitants of the US and its client states. It has been doing this with a combination of (A) shifting to more “light touch” interventionism which doesn’t garner as much negative attention as full-scale ground invasions and (B) a global perception management campaign of historically unprecedented scale and sophistication.

Ideally the imperialists want to be able to dominate the planet with economic sanctions and the occasional strategic drone strike combined with mass-scale psychological manipulation. It is not a coincidence that nations where they are unable to do these things at will are the nations we are most aggressively propagandized against.

The empire isn’t getting less tyrannical, it’s just getting better at public relations. The need for critical thinking and alternative perspectives has never been higher.

____________________

My work is entirely reader-supported, so if you enjoyed this piece please consider sharing it around, following me on Soundcloud or YouTube, or throwing some money into my tip jar on Ko-fi or . If you want to read more you can buy my books. The best way to make sure you see the stuff I publish is to subscribe to the mailing list for at  or on Substack, which will get you an email notification for everything I publish. Everyone, racist platforms excluded,  to republish, use or translate any part of this work (or anything else I’ve written) in any way they like free of charge. For more info on who I am, where I stand, and what I’m trying to do with this platform, 

Bitcoin donations:1Ac7PCQXoQoLA9Sh8fhAgiU3PHA2EX5Zm2

Liked it? Take a second to support Caitlin Johnstone on Patreon!

Latest comments

  • Because everything you speak about has it’s roots and context now officially protected from our eyes by national security, all of this is a waste of time. Might as well work on your next fiction novel, or movie. Or spend the time you waste writing, commenting or arguing on more important things.

    The Goldsteins are now everywhere. Dissent is fully controlled.

    Learn from history what works. The Iron Heel is a good start. The only way to stand up is by personal, private solo and small group interaction.

  • Doesn’t matter. They brought their endless war home, here, to America. Mussolini’s fate is too good for these shithead traitors, thieves and murderers. Fuck joe biden.

  • The US government is reportedly close to securing a deal with Pakistan

    Who what where when why.

    I agree with your opinion America is an aggressive empire responsible for death and destruction but if America is close to securing a deal with Pakistan about future terrorist activities, nobody is going to know about it

    So why do we?

  • It will save Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the rest of SE Asia from U.S. “help”. Eventually, these accumulating foreign policies failures might lead to a change in approach by Washington, but we aren’t there yet I admit. Russia and China have a position that they want a world based on multilateralism, international law, the UN, respect for sovereignty and culture, and equal treatment for all countries while Washington talks about its self-defined, amorphous “rules-based order”. The West is in a steep decline, so at some point the U.S. may relent on its imperial pretensions.

  • So you are saying that our entirely not elected ‘president whatshisface’, says that he thinks that he is close to almost having a deal with one Afghanistan’s neighbors to use its airspace to illegally murder contractees of the CIA and US State Department who simply refused to remove themselves from Afghanistan and stop running covert black op paramilitary operations?
    Damn,
    What can be said,
    That’s just a special kind of special right there…
    Wow, bro…, just wow…

  • Still, whenever you drop a missile or a bomb, you talk about $100K to $1 million and they’ve been dropping on average one of those every half-hour for years. Sending special ops teams with six M4, a dozen grenades, a couple of drones, a few time bombs, a wire cutter and a Swiss knife like you see in movies doesn’t quite ding-ding the same in the MIC’s cash register.
    At some point, they have to quit their video games to start thinking business if they don’t want their famished newborn to look at them in reproof with teary eyes like they were playing Grapes of Wrath. Plus the congressmen having to face the anger of the workers fired because the MIC planners don’t keep their eyes on the ball!
    Cruel world…

  • What a surprise: the War on Terra continues. So the nation-demolition, narcotrafficking, and collateral murder will now proceed by over-the-horizon remote control. The AngloZionist terrorist breeder-reactor is a self-pepetuating profit/power machine that will continue to propogate its own enemies until it is decommissioned, melts down around us, or destroys the world in uncontrolled fission.

  • The ultimate problem, you see, is that the U.S. power mongers neither love, nor even value, a starfish.

    • Testing …

      • It appears my comments are being blocked, for no acceptable reason whatsoever.

        • I can see them.

    • Power mongers know only the price of everything and everyone; they know the value of nothing and no one.

      • Well said. Thanks.

  • You can argue that America,s Manifest Destiny is simply an extension of this relentless quest for ever more ,land ,wealth, markets , and Empire.The urge to expand, to conquer,to monopolize and dominate was ingrained in every pioneer eager to clear unproductive land of all those uncivilized brown people who wasted God,s bounty .With ripoff scheme on its own populace by a parade of ruthless and well groomed erudite scammers, con artist, lawyers, doctors and technocrats,they all share one thing in common with their ancestral pioneers, an insatiable desire for more at any cost to others less industrious, imaginative or ruthless than themselves They are the ones who need to be locked up.

  • Makes sense to ME! since Pakis harbored the Taliban all these years. good bases can be used by all.
    i heard Batista lives there. Seals know, so don’t worry. and Somoza. he ain’t dead yet!
    Pret sure Qaddafi has a condo…not on the Persian tho’….
    Imelda Marcos is lobbying Paki leaders to help her retake Manila.
    all i got.
    if this continues Pakistan will be the World WaR HEADQUARTERS.
    Unless Ol’ Sleepy-eyed pivots to Brazil or Chile…

  • The names and faces change, the endgame stays the same.
    Divide with fear.
    Rule with impunity.
    Collect the spoils.

  • Thanks Caitlin for one more story from oligarchy empire’s play book , three walnut shell’s and a pea !

  • Gotta protect them poppies.

    • Bingo!

  • Keep up the great insightful and humane educational challenges, Caitlin. I imagine that a special opportunity for Australia to amend for its shitty grovelling to US and UK hawks has arisen – and a business opportunity. It’s time to develop a war drone boomerang app that sends the nasty piece of expensive shit back to the sender to explode on. And make it renewable like the cheaper space rockets.
    I keep on reposting your wisdom and humour to my facebook followers (about 10 or a dozen) but don’t know if they have got the message, because of facebook’s censorship. So if I’m pissing into the wind with them, I can’t tell. And I just don’t want to get involved on twitter due to my aversion to gossip.
    Love to you and your US mate, and Julian A.
    But why are his supporters not ALSO attacking the UK powers for torturing him in a bloody prison – unlawfully – when there is the option for their sadism of home detention with his wife and kids – the Donzigger first level of revenge? And no mention of the Queen’s statement that she couldn’t get involved in Julian’s torture because it was POLITICAL. WTF.
    I don’t understand why the shitty UK legal bullshit is not being exposed along with the US bullshit!
    John, a NZer in Beijing

  • The U.S. press likes to announce “agreements” that haven’t been agreed to; I think we need to wait and see if this actually happens. No doubt the Biden administration would like to do this, but will Pakistan agree?

    • Yes, my thought as well. It’s hard to imagine that Imran Khan will bowl on that wicket.

    • Yes, but is that really the point? In the grand scheme of things, would the failure of such an agreement to be realized actually create any change, whatsoever, in the stance of the U.S. power mongers?

      • It will save Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the rest of SE Asia from U.S. “help”. Eventually, these accumulating foreign policies failures might lead to a change in approach by Washington, but we aren’t there yet I admit. Russia and China have a position that they want a world based on multilateralism, international law, the UN, respect for sovereignty and culture, and equal treatment for all countries while Washington talks about its self-defined, amorphous “rules-based order”. The West is in a steep decline, so at some point the U.S. may relent on its imperial pretensions.

leave a comment