Robert Young Pelton
Salon: Interview with Robert Young Pelton
The thing that’s important to understand is that the American government knows about as much as the American people know about how to prosecute this war, which is nothing. We’re learning day by day what works and what doesn’t. The thing that’s happening is that there are huge military expenditures occurring, which tends to be an animal that needs to feed itself, and that’s the part that’s bothersome. Like in Vietnam. We started by sending over advisors and helping a regime support itself, and we ended up sending half a million troops over there and really accomplishing nothing.
What happens is that the intent of the American people is correct, because we did read about and hear about things and we saw things on TV that shocked us so we responded. But we get bored; we have a, like, 120-day window in which we give a shit. After that period, we get bored and we watch something else. I think I saw a shark-attack story on TV yesterday.
We don’t realize that we went from spending zero to millions of dollars a month in a foreign country to prosecute a war and we’re really not fighting a war, we’re just sending more and more troops over and flying B-52s around in circles and so forth.
That’s the part that the media has to keep up on — what are we getting for our money? I mean, have we kicked out the bad guys? Shouldn’t we be attacking Pakistan, isn’t that where all the bad guys come from? I mean there’s this amazing disconnect between common sense and government rhetoric. Most of the people who were killed in Afghanistan were Pakistanis, not Afghans.