US Chief of Staff Mark Milley publicly stated in mid-July that he was confident that Afghan forces could easily repel the Taliban. He also stated that the Americans are monitoring the situation closely and will be able to contribute to their allies as needed.
In the middle of last year, the same general made another interesting statement. At that time, the centres of some American cities were burning and being looted, hordes were even attacking the White House, American security forces were proving to be helpless, and the general made a statement to the press – about who he was pictured with and what it meant to him.
In short, a personality perfectly suited to the times, when it is not what the reality is but how it is presented that matters.
In short, a personality perfectly suited to the times, when it is not what the reality is but how it is presented that matters. The company may be falling apart, but creative accounting will show high profitability and managers are paid stellar bonuses. Education is in ruins, pupils’ knowledge is ridiculed, but the ministry shows countless successful projects. The epidemic is peaking, hospitals are collapsing, but the Ministry of Health invents a new methodology that there is no epidemic. The integration of Muslim migrants ends in a debacle, so it is simply forbidden to publish crime statistics. And it works! A few skeptics will nitpick the statistics, but no one will notice them. That’s how it works in the military too.
But suddenly there are hordes of bearded savages with submachine guns who don’t care what it looks like on the pages of magazines or what graphs are shown on PowerPoint slides. I’m afraid it’s no accident. That it’s something that is absolutely typical of our civilization (and relationship to other parts of the world).