US media still beating the drums for the war in Afghanistan
There are many reasons to criticize President Biden’s foreign policy: his failure to completely end US involvement in the Yemen war more than five months after he signed up; its endowment of its foreign policy to a obscure consulting firm called WestExec whose clients include military contractors and powerful corporations; his Support for the brutal bombardment of Gaza by Israel.
But when it comes to the American media, they are more likely to criticize Biden when he walks. a way militarism. This reality was fully visible after the withdrawal of the US military from Bagram Air Base, which began in late June as part of the Biden administration’s broader exit from Afghanistan (which, it is important to note, does not constitute a complete withdrawal and is likely to result in agriculture from war to CIA).
A wave of media coverage followed Biden’s evasive July outburst 2 press conference. He was responding to questions from reporters suggesting that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was irresponsible or detrimental to Afghans, including a reporter who asked if the US exit would trigger a civil war. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“I wanna talk about happy things, man, ”the president said, cutting off the reporter. The president continued, In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“I will no longer answer questions about Afghanistan… it’s July 4th [weekend]. “
While the president’s remarks certainly raise eyebrows, given his responsibility to wage and shape this war over the past two decades, they are not a significant departure from Biden. many others incidents of rampage. Except in this case, he was irritated by questions from reporters who came from a seemingly pro-war perspective. And it didn’t take long for the media segments criticizing the president’s comments to start pouring in.
CNN The head ran a segment in July 2 titled, In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“President Biden became visibly frustrated after reporters asked him about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, ”which used the press conference as a hook for a larger story on the US exit. In the segment, correspondent Kaitlan Collins painted a grim picture of what a departure from the United States would mean. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“Although the official withdrawal from Afghanistan is not yet complete, the departure from Bagram Air Base sends a strong signal that US operations are… This sprawling complex has often been visited by US leaders and has become the center of the military power in Afghanistan after being the first to house US forces following the 2001 invasion. The United States is handing over the air base to the Afghan government amid new concerns about what it is leaving behind.
Nowhere does the segment mention that Bagram Air Base was once the site of macabre american torture, where prisoners were held in appalling conditions, deprived of sleep, subjected to sexual degradation and humiliation, and hung from ceilings – all while being held in legal limbo without charge, much like those held at the military prison of Guantánamo Bay.
But beyond this omission, the segment fails to tackle a single difficult question about the war itself, which is undeniable. failure even according to the army’s own declared logic, and brought 20 years of occupation, death and displacement of the Afghan people. According to a september 2020 Brown University’s Costs of War project report, 5.3 million people in Afghanistan have been displaced (inside or outside) by the American war since it began in 2001. Where are the probing questions about whether the war should have been fought in the first place, or whether some of these people would still be at home if the United States had not invaded? Instead, Collins presented herself as if she was against power, when she was in fact siding with the Pentagon – the easiest thing for a journalist to do on Earth. (Jake Tapper, host of The head, knows it better than anyone. The war in Afghanistan was a major boon to his career, the subject of his book on a In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“untold story of American value ‘soon to be turned into a Hollywood movie.)
NBC Evening News, moderated by Lester Holt, adopted a similar tone in his 2 broadcast, with correspondent Richard Engel saying that Biden In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“did not want to draw attention ”to Afghanistan when he was pressed to In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“the impact of the withdrawal. Engel continued, In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“but not talking about it will not stop it. As US troops leave, some Afghan security groups collapse … Most Afghans don’t want the Taliban to come back.
Despite Engel’s claim, there is no evidence after almost 20 years of war that the American presence erodes the power of the Taliban. In fact, all the evidence suggests the opposite: since 2001 the Taliban have considerably extended its foothold in the country (yet the role of the American occupation in strengthening the Taliban was rubbed numerous media coverage). While the ballot is notoriously difficult under conditions of war, a investigation from the Institute of War and Peace Studies from January 2020 find 80% of Afghans surveyed believe that peace can only be achieved through a political and not a military solution. (The survey received funding from the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.)
The investigation also revealed that 46% of Afghans surveyed wanted US and NATO military to leave the country after a peace agreement, compared to 33% who wanted them to stay. Although such a definitive peace agreement never came about, the data from this survey does not show that the Afghan people want American troops to stay in their country indefinitely. Yet the NBC Nightly News framing gives the impression that Afghan public opinion favors an indefinite American presence.
These aren’t the only examples of mainstream media criticizing Biden over the pullout. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“This July 4, America will leave the independence of Afghanistan in agony, ”we read in a July article. 1 room through USA todayIn addition to this, you need to know more about it.‘drafting committee. Other recirculated outlets 2001 talking points by Laura Bush in declaring that the American withdrawal will harm women and girls. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“We don’t have to wonder what will happen to Afghan women when the United States leaves ”, bed an opinion title in the Dallas Morning News. Yet the same experts who supposedly care so deeply about the well-being of Afghans have been remarkably silent on the at least 47,245 civilians killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the war, a rate that has been from a disturbing height for years. And they had little to say about the fact that alone 1.2% of Afghans have been vaccinated against Covid-19, foreshadowing a much larger humanitarian crisis to come.
Since it began, the war in Afghanistan has sparked protests around the world, and these protesters have faced a pro-war bipartisan consensus in the United States – both in Washington and in the press. The system works by making sure that anyone who goes out of line – even slightly, and even 20 years too late – is disciplined. This manifested itself in September 30, 2001, when the New York Times ran the big title, In addition to this, you need to know more about it.“A DISPUTED NATION: Protesters in Washington call for peace with terrorists. And it persists until now – even amid signs that the war is deep unpopular among the American public.
There are many other ways the US media could frame the US withdrawal. They could examine the widespread corruption and war crimes of the U.S.-backed Afghan army, bringing the voices of those who want the U.S. out or asking tough questions about what a full U.S. exit might look like – and American reparations to the Afghan people. But after two decades of occupation, bombing, home raids and drone strikes, we are still a long way from a free press that asks tough questions about war and militarism. Instead, it relies on rote, selfish clichés about a supposed humanitarian mission that simply never existed.