To celebrate Renee Montagne’s last week hosting Morning Edition, we listen back to some of her favorite stories, including a piece about schoolgirls in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This story originally aired Nov. 25, 2010.
I heard this story the other morning and despite my satisfaction with the results of our presidential election and the fact that it was my birthday (November 10th is the birthday of every United States Marine) this story; meant to be a feel good piece, made my blood boil. Before I get into that let me hook up the non-Marines in the audience with an inside peek at how serious the Marines are about their Birthday. Hour two of All Marine Radio from November 10th is pasted below. Enjoy.
Mike McNamara, the host of All Marine Radio and one of the best long form interviewers I’ve ever heard has been on a roll lately about incompetence from on high; specifically the failure of senior general officers to tell their civilian masters no when tasked to do something without the resources they (the generals) know they need. To understand the depth of this crisis and the consequences listen to this interview of General Anthony Zinni by Mac and try not to cry.
You heard him right; everything that has happened in Iraq since 2003 was anticipated in the war plan that Rumsfeld threw away in 2002.
But it’s not just the generals; the media driven narrative is every bit as culpable and as NPR is (in my opinion) the System Administrator for the progressive narrative their reporting is important. The Schoolgirls of Kandahar is a feel-good, virtue signalling story that was well produced, unusual and interesting. The purpose of airing the story now was to salute Rene Montage for going the extra mile in her reporting. I’m sure she and all who listened to it felt the warm glow of self satisfaction at a job well done. But the narrative is, by design, the enemy of reality and in reality there was a small group of women who were not feeling the love when this was broadcast last week. That would be The Schoolgirls of Kandahar.
What has happened to those brave young Afghan women since we pulled out? I’m not sure (Panjwai Tim is looking into that for us) but I can guarantee you this; the lucky ones are beneath the pale blue burqua and will spend the rest of their lives stuck inside the family compound. The unlucky ones are dead. The story I heard yesterday was about Rene Montage, not The Schoolgirls of Kandahar who believed in women like Rene back in day when there was a chance the Americans would stay to see things through.
We have, of course, stayed but we are no longer seeing things through. We are supporting a central government that the population believes illegitimate (because it was created and is supported by infidels) and knows to be horribly corrupt. That government is trying (and failing miserably) to battle a resurgent Taliban across the entire country and a small but nasty outbreak of The Daesh (ISIS) in Nangarhar Province.
We have American soldiers on the ground executing a “train and assist mission” that clearly involves providing air support to Afghan military and police units in contact. We don’t have enough men on the ground to do that. Tac Air, when employed against insurgents who are in close proximity to the civilian population, will cause collateral damage. Guess where the Taliban are? Firmly embedded inside local communities. We no longer provide artillery support; that’s done by Mongolian General Purpose Force and speaking of collateral damage I wonder what a Mongolian army conduct of fire net sounds like when the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Taliban are really hooking and jabbing. Who know’s….we won’t because that would take an honest press to figure out and we lack that in America now.
The narrative is a dangerous lie in a world where the Untied States is currently fighting in six different countries. Draw a string from our war in Korea through Vietnam and Beirut, Liberia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Middle East as it is today from Syria to Libya and what are the results on our investment in blood and treasure?
Perpetual war that has destroyed the Middle East and caused a massive migration of uneducated, unskilled, military aged males who will not assimilate into a feminized, progressively liberal Europe. The migrants demand money, housing and welfare payments while helping themselves to any woman or child foolish enough to wonder into areas containing large numbers of them.
The stakes could not be higher for the West; we are under assault by a resurgent Islam while simultaneously destroying ourselves from within via a toxic, feminized, self-hating, culture. The always impressive Stefan Molyneux at Freedomain Radio summed it up nicely in a recent podcast:
We are not all in this together. Not everyone is your friend; not everyone is like you. Humanity is a jungle of predators and prey, winners and losers and it’s a fight…a battle for dominance of particular gene sets. It is not kumbaya; it is not live and let live….it is a war, a battle for dominance…..This used to be understood.
There are the psychopaths there are the sociopaths but they are a pretty small percentage of society and they don’t have a huge amount of power – without a state. We are not all in this together, not everyone is going to assimilate, not everyone shares your values, not everyone wants to be like you. We live in the human jungle and it is win/lose, survive by your wits, it is fight or fail, it is loudly proclaim the truths that you value or be buried under by those who proclaim theirs. If they get what they want you lose everything; if you get what they want they lose everything. That is how people perceive it.
We are tribes; tribes can be racial, they can be ethnic, they can be political, they can be economic self interest; hell they can even be artistic. But we are not all friends in this species. And we have been battling it out for a 150 thousand years. And finally we (Western Civilization) came up with a system where the battle could be productive to the species and to the world. We came up with a free market where people battled each other and instead of it being a war, where as the saying goes, you make a desert and call it peace, instead of it being religious domination, instead of it being about kill or be killed, do or die, blood thirsty disassembled human beings for fun and profit, bloodshed and warfare; it was the market. The market allowed people to play out their win/lose dominance instincts in ways that are harnessed for the productivity and wealth and security and safety of society.
Stefan has observed there are two forces that need to be harnessed and focused in a positive way for a society to progress; the first is male aggression and the second is female vanity. Our society crushes aggression in males (especially white ones). The message boys get from grade school on is that they are responsible for a sexist, patriarchal, toxic culture. That message is reinforced, at every step, by the popular, progressive media/entertainment complex. And what is our current culture doing to tamper female vanity? It encourages it and now female vanity has swollen to such a degree that the elites think it a splendid idea to have women in the infantry. The idea that women could or should fight in as American infantry is insane.
We will remain the land of the free only as long as we are still home to the brave. Our current culture is going to have significant problems when it faces real war. Take the time to read through this excellent novel (Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes) for an example of what men do in real war.
Real war takes men, lots of them and I wonder how many of “the brave” we are now capable of producing?
Change is coming to Washington DC this January. We can only hope that business as usual ends and pray that the new administration moves towards freeing up the markets. Let us hope President Trump continues to make decisions based on reality; not the narrative.