Tuesday, December 17, 2013

And at long-last what all our wars have really been about

Profit laid-bare:
If Mohammed Ibrahim Caravan smells fear about Afghanistan's future, he doesn't show it. He strolls around like a country squire in the glittering new gated community he helped build, dressed in a spotless white shalwar kameez tunic, stylish shades and polished wingtips. Advertisement "Worried?" the 28-year-old asked. "Hah — not me. I'm confident in the future. If you don't invest in your own country, who will?" Caravan's company is plunging $160 million into the family-run Saleem Caravan City, with its rows of salmon-colored villas with balconies and rose gardens, like some ersatz Miami Beach condo community. He's moved his family into a lavish 7,500-square-foot mansion with a pool, hot tub and guest kitchen.
Yes, surely, at the end of the day (or decade-plus) what it all comes down to is the kind of place Thomas Friedman can relax and pontificate about what the riff-raff outside the gate will be up to in another six-months. Nice to see that billions in debt, thousands of deaths, and a decade of bullshit have led to an American-sponsored salute to America's one percent. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

Location, location, location.

Montag said...

It would seem as if everywhere the United States goes, increasing inequality--and corruption--follows.

willis said...

I see a Walmart in their furure

pansypoo said...

the 2% have been doing better for eons.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's bipartisan, so don't let the perfect be the enema of the good, yada yada.