Implode-Explode Heavy Industries news feed Tracking the many faces of the global credit implosion. en-us iehi-feed-63031 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:41:38 GMT Congressman Introduces Bill That Would Indemnify His Former Foreclosure Mill iehi-feed-63028 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:55:14 GMT Kings Lake University Sells Man Fake Masters Degree For $8100 iehi-feed-62971 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:04:05 GMT Emprise Bank Has Entire Arab-American Family Arrested iehi-feed-62967 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:07:21 GMT Student Loan Debt Relief: SCAM ALERT iehi-feed-62959 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:34:22 GMT Yes, A Reverse Mortgage Can Be Foreclosed On! iehi-feed-62957 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:43:31 GMT Former Michigan Foreclosure King David Trott Quitting Congress iehi-feed-62938 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:03:42 GMT I Have a Good Friend That I Don't Agree With, Should I Hate Him? | Mandelman Matters iehi-feed-62931 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:44:03 GMT The Legend of "Trump the Outsider" and the Same Old Ugly Politics Trump isn't canceling anything here [with the DACA announcement]. He supposedly is rallying his base once again, but if that's even true, I don't know why this would rally them. Trump isn't actually canceling anything, he's just appearing to cancel something that his base is said to want canceled... while in reality he's only passing the buck to Congress to pass DACA into law. Then, he can remind supporters he cancelled it... it was Congress that brought it back.


To be entirely honest, I also think many Trump supporters also like whatever he does as long as they see it as infuriating those they view as being on the left.  They had to put up with Obama, they remind me, so now the left has to put up with whatever "this" happens to be.

I guess I understand that sort of thinking, it's human nature to some degree.  But, it made more sense in the first few months of the Trump presidency.  At this point we should be talking about (and hoping for) the new administration to do positive things for people in this country, regardless of whether Democrat or Republican... or Libertarian, Green Party or whatever other political affiliation.

iehi-feed-62921 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:44:18 GMT Who Are The Secret Donors Of A New York Alt-Right Group? iehi-feed-62903 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:25:24 GMT Student Loan Debt Forgiveness May Be History In Trump Budget iehi-feed-62878 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:07:50 GMT Mr. Cooper Customers Say It's The Same Old Nationstar iehi-feed-62870 Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:54:32 GMT My Student Loans Are In Default iehi-feed-62849 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:07:07 GMT Why I haven't written about Trump's presidency all year | Mandelman Matters I read recently that 20 percent of those that voted for Trump in 2016, had voted for Barack Obama in one or both previous elections. That should tell you everything you need to know... 60 million voted for Trump so that means that 12.5 million of them weren't party loyal Republicans or white supremacists, they were just homeowners that had bet on Obama and lost when they lost their home under the absolute chaos that was HAMP.


I'm not angry about President Trump winning, nor am I mad that Hillary Clinton lost.  That's all ancient history as far as I'm concerned.  For me, it's now only about our country's continued recovery from the worst economic meltdown in 70 years.  President Trump says he wants to make America great again and, well... so do I.  So, how about we get to it, shall we?''

iehi-feed-62834 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:39:03 GMT The Taliban tried to surrender. The US said no. Now here we are. By Ryan Grim (reposted with permission)

Did you know that shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban tried to surrender? For centuries in Afghanistan, when a rival force had come to power, the defeated one would surrender and be integrated into the new power structure -- obviously with much less power, or none at all. That's how you do with neighbors you have to continue to live with. This isn't a football game, where the teams go to different cities when it's over. That may be hard for us to remember, because we haven't fought a protracted war on our own soil since the Civil War.

So when the Taliban came to surrender, the U.S. said no way. Only full annihilation was enough for the Bush administration. They wanted more terrorists in body bags. The problem was that the Taliban had stopped fighting, having either fled to Pakistan or put down their weapons and gone back to civilian life. And Al Qaeda was down to a handful of members.

So how do you kill terrorists if there aren't any?

Simple: Afghans that the U.S. worked with understood the predicament the military was in, and so they fabricated bad guys. Score-settling ran amok as all you had to do to get your neighbor killed or sent to Afghanistan was tell the U.S. they were Taliban. Doors would be kicked in, no questions asked. The men left standing built massive fortunes and shipped their wealth to Dubai. "We are not nation-building again," Trump said tonight. Well, we never were. (Unless building highrises with looted cash in Dubai counts.)

After a few years of this, after their surrender efforts were repeatedly rebuffed, the old Taliban started picking up guns again. When they were driven from power, the population was happy to see them go. The U.S. managed to make them popular again.

Liberals spent the 2008 presidential campaign complaining the U.S. had "ignored" Afghanistan -- when in reality the parts of the country without a troop presence were the only parts at peace, facing no insurgency against the Afghan government, such as it was. Then Obama came in and launched a surge in troop levels while announcing a withdrawal at the same time.

And now Trump says he has a new and better strategy. He says the U.S. needs to get Pakistan more involved -- except of course Pakistan's intelligence service has been propping up the Taliban for decades. Really want them more involved?

The defining book on this war -- one of the top one or two books I've ever read, really -- is called No Good Men Among The Living, by Anand Gopal. It reads like a novel, but is a nonfiction portrait of three Afghans as they live through the war -- a civilian woman, a warlord and a Taliban fighter. I don't recommend books much, but this one's just incredible and I can't recommend it strongly enough. (You can buy it here; I've never met Gopal and have nothing to do with the book.) I'd say Trump should read it, but it's longer than a page, which his advisers say is the max he'll look at. And the only thing he seems interested in is the fact that Afghanistan has a bunch of minerals he thinks the U.S. is owed.

Anyhow, sorry, that was a bit more of a rant than I usually like to send, but this stupidity is just crazy-making. The idea of more American kids going over there to put their lives at risk to just make the situation worse, through no fault of their own, is heartbreaking.

I mean, think about it: we are now losing a war to an enemy that already surrendered. That's not easy to do.

Meanwhile, my colleague Jeremy Scahill at The Intercept makes a good point about the underlying endurance of the assassination complex, no matter what Trump does with troop levels in Afghanistan.

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