Friday, March 10, 2017

The gratitude of a great nation

Such as it is, is normally heaped upon its great heroes. Those who busted their humps and risked their lives to allow the hero to be heroic are cast aside like used condoms when it is done. Such is the situation that former Afghan employees of the US are facing after their service is done and their lives are threatened by the forces that 15 years of US presence has been unable to overcome.
Afghans who worked for the American military and government are being told that they cannot apply for special visas to the United States, even though Afghanistan is not among the countries listed in President Trump’s new travel ban, according to advocates for Afghan refugees.

As of Thursday, Afghans seeking to apply for what are known as Special Immigrant Visas were being told by the American Embassy in Kabul, the capital, that applications would no longer be accepted, according to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire.

Officials at the embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear if the visa suspension was related to the president’s new ban, which, in addition to denying visas to citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries, also orders that the number of refugees allowed into America be cut by more than half, to 50,000 this year, from 110,000 in 2016.

Ms. Shaheen, along with Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, has been a strong advocate of the Special Immigrant Visa program, meant for Afghans who face the threat of reprisal for their work with Americans. Its apparent suspension could affect as many as 10,000 applicants. “Allowing this program to lapse sends the message to our allies in Afghanistan that the United States has abandoned them,” Ms. Shaheen said in a statement.

Officials at the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York said they had learned that as of Thursday, Afghans were being told that applications were no longer being accepted, though the suspension had taken place on March 1. “Our worst fears are proving true,” said Betsy Fisher, the group’s policy director.

Mac McEachin, another official at the organization, said the decision could affect the 2,500 soldiers of the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division who might be deployed to Syria. “Now that the world has seen how we turn our backs on our Afghan allies, there is almost no chance that local allies in Syria will be inclined to work with us,” he said.

American military officials are also requesting an increase in troops deployed to Afghanistan.
Getting a fuck you instead of a thank you can severely limit the numbers who will continue to work for you. And without the cooperation of the local population there is no use staying in Shitholeistan. But we will hang in there long enough for no good reason at all except no one has the balls to admit the effort has been for shit.

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I'm sure there are good reasons for us to stay there, it's just that most of us have no idea what they are. Certainly the reasons given by Presidents Bush and Obama never made any sense. My suspicion is that there are people who give large amounts of money to help their good friends get elected. Some of them think they have a chance to get fabulously wealthy, not from the large sums they are getting now, but from mineral concessions they will get from the puppet government as soon as we get rid of these pesky Taliban. They aren't fabulously wealthy yet, of course, but they've got their eyes on real money. Of course since I have no proof of this, it is just a conspiracy theory.

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