News and Posts from the Web Friday, 09.31.21


This is a compilation of articles on the Internet, that may be useful in the upcoming festivities.


NOTICE: There are several websites that the browser, I use, Opera blocks their posts. Therefore, I post the WHOLE article instead of brief summary. I am able to show the web address when I use parentheses after their name such as: http://www.theburningplatform(.com). If not they block the whole address…..

The list:




The long march to disaster

The US military spends money but cannot win wars


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Kelley Beaucar Vlahos


In the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, Americans came together in a spirit of grief, resolve and shared national pride. It didn’t last long, but this potent energy animated the US military’s mission and a new generation of recruits who signed up to ‘do their part’ in the wake of the tragedy.

Twenty years later, it is not the same military. As an institution, its impunity, hubris and access to unprecedented financial spoils have led to corruption and mediocrity at the top. The exploitation of all-volunteer forces to fight protracted wars of choice without proper care and attention to their consequences has left veterans jaded and skeptical of the value of their service in a system that continues to fail them. And without candor now about what went wrong, another 9/11 event could again trigger the same egregious policies, and the same mistakes.


Central Asia’s geography after America’s defeat

Central Asia is going to matter substantially in terms of 21st-century geopolitics

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Robert D. Kaplan


However much it is denied, we still live in an imperial age, at least metaphorically. Just as the withdrawal from Afghanistan registers the momentary decline of the American empire, it registers the momentary rise of the Russian and Chinese ones. America failed in Afghanistan because its military, while capable of fighting high-tech wars on land and sea, could not fix complex Islamic societies on the ground. Indeed, Afghanistan demonstrated how the deterministic elements of geography, culture and ethnic and sectarian awareness can vanquish Western ideals of democracy and individual liberty.

It wasn’t nation-building per se that failed in Afghanistan; peaceful American and Soviet competition in bread-and-butter infrastructure development achieved much in Afghanistan in the mid-20th century. According to the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, it was America’s emphasis on — and obsession with — electoral processes at the expense of such infrastructure and agricultural development that helped doom it in the early 21st century.



EDITORIAL: After Afghanistan

9/11 was the last time the country was truly united in its response to anything


Written by:

Spectator Editorial


The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will come in a matter of days. It will be marked by the victory of the Taliban in Kabul and the humiliation of America.

The war in Afghanistan was one of the largest-ever undertakings of any major country, in any era. Adjusted for inflation, the Apollo Moon landing program cost the United States close to $300 billion. The Manhattan Project cost $30 billion. The Interstate Highway System, about $500 billion. Those three mammoth projects are dwarfed by the cost of 20 years fighting in Afghanistan, which will well exceed a trillion dollars when all is said and done. The amount spent on Afghan nation-building surpassed the cost of the Marshall Plan in 2014 and kept rising inexorably for seven years more. By the end of the Afghan war there were troops fighting in it who were born after it began. There are officers and diplomats and humanitarians who have expended whole careers on the Afghan effort. Two thousand three hundred and seventy-two American military personnel have been killed.

It was all for nothing. This summer, the Afghan army, trained at vast expense, collapsed in a month despite superior armament and superior numbers. The Afghan state, molded in the image and likeness of the American one, folded just as quickly.


The trans war on the body

Trans rights are changing what it is to be human

Mary Harrington


‘Families marching five by five
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Families marching five by five
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Some people choose their family
And they love each other so proudly
And they all go marching in
The Big Parade!’

In June, the Journal of Medical Ethics spelled out what it means in practice to teach children that family bonds are optional. If the world is to ‘take LGBT testimony seriously,’ argued Maura Priest, a bioethicist at the Arizona State University, then ‘parents should lose veto power over most transition-related pediatric care’.

In many states, this is already well-established. In 2015, Oregon passed a law giving minors the right to receive transgender medical interventions at taxpayers’ expense, and without their parents’ consent. In Washington State, minors age 13 and up can self-admit for mental health conditions and withhold records from parents for ‘sensitive’ conditions. Insurers in the state are required to cover care for ‘gender-affirming treatments’. And in April 2021, Washington State legislated to authorize school-based health centers whose services can be accessed without any parental involvement. Taken together, these ensure that medical interventions associated with trans identity can thus be accessed by any child over the age of 13 via a school-based clinic, covered by parents’ insurance, without any parental knowledge or consent.


Author: Alfred E. Neuman

EDITOR ONLY, 74 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.

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