U.S.-NATO Occupation More Overwhelmed Than Ever By Afghan National Liberation Struggle

November 14, 2017

After 16 years of failure, the Trump administration is expressing hope that a stepped-up show of force will reverse U.S.-NATO losses in the face of the guerilla-based liberation struggle by organized citizens of Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, Washington secured an agreement with NATO to send 3,000 additional troops. The announcement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg followed an August announcement from Washington that it would also be increasing troop levels by several thousands. There are already tens of thousands of U.S.-NATO troops in Afghanistan. In a news conference on November 9, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis explained his desire to keep the current size of the occupation a secret because of growing concern about the rising number of attacks from resistance fighters in Afghanistan. He stated, “I don't want to talk specific numbers. Basically, I don't give the enemy information they could use to their advantage. And I'm told by some, ‘Well, people used to do that.’ That's not me.”

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as a first-step in its "war against international terrorism." In every way, the war has been an aggressive, imperialist war. As in Iraq, the U.S. military has systematically targeted civilians, killing tens of thousands. Numerous atrocities, such as the saturated bombing of civilian population centers, massacres at wedding ceremonies, market-center bombings, etc., have been repeatedly carried out by the U.S. military.

The U.S. has also used the war in Afghanistan to extend its network of military bases and alliances.

All this century as in the second half of the last, the militarizing of the globe the U.S. goverment is doing is aimed at establishing a hierarchy vis-a-vis other big power rivals. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class, represented by the Democratic and Republican parties, doesn't want to have to settle economic matters by competition alone. The result is a war program aimed at maintaining the U.S. as the sole remaining superpower through the development of military superiority. Through the so-called "war on terrorism" the two parties give themselves license to launch aggressive wars and to use a military role as "world policeman" to exercise control over the fate of other countries' sovereign affairs.