Rubin is a famed cruise missile liberal who has seldom seen a war he didn’t like. It is no surprise that he would be hitting the cable shows to support the war in Afghanistan at a time when public opinion is increasingly against US involvement.
On Morning Joe, Rubin laid out what can only be described as a crude plan to hypnotize Americans into believing falsehoods about the Afghan war. "We need to really really put to bed the issue that I think is behind everybody here, which is that this is another Vietnam," Rubin said. "And I think that Vietnam is a terribly debilitating analogy for our country. Every time something is difficult, we say, "Uh, it’s Vietnam.’ Afghanistan and Vietnam have nothing to do with each other. The whole world is on our side in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a colossal disaster, brought about by a lethal cocktail of magical thinking, a complete contempt for understanding the history of its people, and completely knuckleheaded assumptions about the troop strength it would take to "pacify" it.
There were two reasons to be in Afghanistan; to control the flow of Eurasian oil with pipelines, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.
The US and NATO have failed utterly on the first objective, but scored magnificently on the second.
And for those of you who scream, "no, that can't possibly be!", consider this; under the regime of the Taliban, the cultivation of opium poppies was almost eradicated.
Subsequent to the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, illegal drug production has soared.