$1 trillion dollars in mineral wealth in Afghanistan. What a lame excuse for a lame excuse. Get ready to hear about lithium in Afghanistan, oil in Iraq, and diamonds in your bathtub.
For the past half century, the military-industrial complex has perpetuated one war after another, at enormous cost in both blood and money. In its lust for oil, it has broken country after country, and now the sea floor.
Let's face it. McChrystal has destroyed his working relationship with everyone who is not actually under his command. For that alone, he should be fired. But the problem goes deeper than that.
I called for McChrystal to go in October, 2009. I called for him to go yesterday. And now, he's gone. But this isn't about McChrystal's job. It's about McChrystal's plan -- the plan for endless war. The question is whether America is turning away from war. And we are. Slowly.
For years, I prosecuted war profiteers in Iraq. I saw exactly what Gen. Butler meant when he said, "war is a racket." I'm not going to change my mind about these wars any time soon. But we have to change other people's minds.