Scott Horton Interviews Kelley B. Vlahos

Scott Horton, March 23, 2012

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Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses the periodic, ritualistic exercise of claiming progress in the Afghanistan War, wherein US generals tell bland lies to Congress and nobody asks follow-up questions; the 300,000+ member Afghan army that is always right around the corner from competency; the end of patriotic breast-beating pro-war fervor in the military and government; and why congressional staffers would more ably question the war effort than the stuffed shirt Representatives who just want camera face-time.

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Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for FOXNews.com, a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributor to CriminalJustice.Change.org

27 Responses to “Kelley B. Vlahos”

  1. Kelley, I’m gone be a chauvinist (pig) and comment on your beauty!
    I just wish you were not a CON-serv-ative colo(m)nist

  2. FICTION
    “Congressional staffers would more ably
    question the war effort than the stuffed shirt
    Representatives who just want camera face-time.”

    FACT
    Empire USA is in the business of terrorizing helpless people into submission by bombing their babies, from Palestine to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and on to Iran. Surely, the moment a bureaucrat in government discovers he has integrity, he immediately exits government so that persecution doesn’t destroy it.

  3. Pale's OUT

  4. IP, why haven’t you pay yet?

  5. Congress has been "AWOL" since long, long before Afghanistan.

    Congress was AWOL in Korea, Viet Nam, The Rape of Central America under President Bush the Elder back in the 80s, the "liberation" of Kuwait during "Desert Storm" and subsequent Sanctions against Iraq, the dismantling of Yugoslavia in the 90s, and, of course, the so-called "War" Aginst so-called "Terrorism," from Iraq and Afghanistan to Yemen, Libya, Syria, and on and on and on.

    But even more than the Congress, the American People have been AWOL, permitting by their acts of ommission and commission all the Lies, Hypocrisy, Obfuscations, and False Flags of their Ruling Elites.

    THIS is what is going to destroy The American Experiment: the American Peoples' passive, tacit embrace of The American Empire.

  6. As Ben Franklin noted way back when: "We've given you a Republic, if you can keep it."

    Looks like we can't.

  7. But, did not Ben Franklin know that a democratic Republic would always be ruled by the 51% most educated and wealthy? And as Empire USA has about the most intelligent and knowledgeable voting majority the world has ever known, should not old Ben have known that to plunder the world was the inevitable conclusion of a country ruled by the European race with access to unlimited resources?

    I say, let the American Indians rule over us for the next 50 years and lets see what happens.

  8. Intelligence plus opportunity equals greed,
    that’s what I always say.

  9. My guess is that Franklin knew very well that this "democratic Republic" was then, would be forever, and thus now is ruled by significantly less than "the 51% most educated and wealthy." When they talk about the so-called "1 %," the OCCUPY folks have grossly over-estimated the size of its "Ruling Elite," both within this nation and throughout the world.

    And, the plunder of the world didn't start with the coming of Europeans to North America. The Europeans had begun the pillage, rape, and plunder of the planet long before being unleashed upon the New World.

    Empire USA is merely the logical, inevitable transformation and metamorphosis of the European Empires that went before, and the New World Order Global Empire that is to come following the Collapse of The American Empire.

    Which Indians? The ones with the casinos? Or the ones selling timber, mineral, and water rights to the highest (inevitably white, male coroprate) bidder?

    i say, let No One Rule, and let's see what happens.

  10. First, which Indians? The ones with casinos? Or the ones selling land, water, mineral, timber, and petro-chemical rights to transnational corporations.

    Second, Franklin knew that no "51 %" would ever constitute the Ruling Elite of this, or any other "republic" or Empire. The numbers are much closer to .01%, or even .001% .

    Third, global plunder did not begin when Europeans landed on North American soil. The European Empires had long made their presence known and felt in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. All that America is doing today is carrying forward The Sacred Duty of Empire, aka the so-called "The White Man's Burden," but in more politically-correct terms.

  11. American voters — Ignorant followers or leading the plunder?

    jgmoebus
    “American People have been AWOL, permitting by their actions…all the
    Lies, Hypocrisy, Obfuscations, and False Flags of their Ruling Elites.”

    Its like the time I was fired by my company when I filed a safety complaint with OSHA. And all because the union membership had a rotten habit of refusing to get involved in any dispute unless they were personally effected.

    And so it is with politics, for the more wealth one has the more likely that they will get involved. For safe to say that the uneducated lower half of society, they being impoverished and with no hope that minimum wage be raised to a living wage, that they are the 50% of voters that never show up at the polls.

    So, exactly what is it with our darling upper half of society, that they should allow the President to have 5,000 nukes to so terrorize the world that he gets to plunder unmercifully the world? Could it be that the bigger a mans wealth the greater his motivation for a big military to protect it?

  12. Therefore, would not the perfect solution be to not allow the 25% most wealthy to vote or get involved in politics?

  13. Great….. then the next 25% (the current 50-75%) would be in charge of global plunder.

    Besides…. wasn't it Papa Joe (Stalin) who said: "It ain't who votes that counts, but who counts the votes." Plus, while on the one hand, Emma Goldman taught, "If voting could actually, really, truly change anything, it would be illegal," on the other hand, George Carlin cautioned, "Don't vote. It only encourages the motherf****rs."

  14. The idea that USA has "…the most intelligent and knowledgeable voting majority the world has ever known" made me smile.

  15. FICTION
    jgmoebus
    “Bar the 25% most wealthy from voting… then the
    next 25% would be in charge of global plunder.”

    FACT
    MORAL DEMOCRACY
    The 25% most wealthy must NOT be allowed to vote or have any involvement in politics. As this would give the impoverished lower half of society 50% of the vote, half the control, and prevent the 51% most wealthy from having a monopoly on government. Also it would stop the rich ruling class from hoarding 80% of the wealth.

  16. Chris
    “The idea that USA… the most intelligent… made me smile.”

    But surely, if nature in its wisdom had not give all of us a different level of intelligence, the human race would have made itself extinct before civilization got off the ground floor.

    My laboring class for example, the 49% of USA with no education but some high school, we who hard labor generate all of society’s wealth, never in my life have I heard a fellow laborer complain that he should be in charge. We know our place, we do our job and we keep the peace.

    INTELLIGENCE
    The speed at which you can rationalize a problem
    and take corrective action. Your ability to kill in
    combat or compete in capitalism.

  17. COME SEE — YOUR FATE IN LIFE

    IQ 50 — Homeless

    IQ 80 — Manual laborer

    IQ 100 — Educated middle-class

    IQ 120 — Banker

    IQ 140 — Rich nobility investor-class

  18. Fair is fair, moderator, fair is fair.

  19. Hey Birdshyt4brain
    My IQ is above 130 but am jobless! Why? Well that you would not understand!

  20. FICTION
    jgmoebus
    “Bar the 25% most wealthy from voting… then the
    next 25% would be in charge of global plunder.”

    FACT
    No, for it takes a 51% majority to rule in any democracy. Comes now the perfect democracy for our greedy society:

    HONEST VOTING MAJORITY
    25% rich ruling class — Not allowed to vote
    26% educated middle-class
    25% uneducated middleclass
    25% poor — Never care to vote

  21. The uneducated middle-class, also known as the laboring class.

  22. My laboring class for example, the 49% of USA with no education but some high school, we who hard labor generate all of society’s wealth, never in my life have I heard a fellow laborer complain that he should be in charge. We know our place, we do our job and we keep the peace.

    INTELLIGENCE
    The speed at which you can rationalize a problem
    and take corrective action. Your ability to kill in
    combat or compete in capitalism.

  23. your class can kiss my class’ ….
    class of 45
    class of 79
    class of 89
    class of 98
    class of 01

  24. JohnEllis02,

    "Educated" does not mean a name engraved paper/carboard/plastic junk diploma from the Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Bullets, Bombs, and Banks club………………

    The amerikan populace, politically speaking, is the dumbest, most uneducated, idiotic society of human beings ever created………………….IN SHORT, STUPID…………..

  25. JohnEllis02,

    101 percent out of 100? These "dazzling" math skills pretty much explains why the power elite in amerika will never be overthrown……………..

    GOTTA LOVE THAT HARVARD, PRINCETON, YALE, BULLETS, BOMBS, AND BANKS CLUB……………………

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