Blood & Treasure Afghanistan: OUT, OUT, Damn Appendix!
— A Mostly Melodic Guide to Unanswered Afghanistan Questions —
Let’s All Sing: “We Don’t Need to Know What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know, No, No, No, No!”
Our Musical Response to Those Irksome Burning SIGAR Questions
It is the job of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction[SIGAR] to report on how the USA has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in that long-suffering land.
And mispent a bloody enormous chunk of US taxpayer change, we’ve learned.
This, remarkably, because the energetic Congressionally-appointed SIGAR commissar John Sopko and his staff have proved a genuine pain in the ass to the normally utterly unaccountable US Department of Defense, American military, various corrupt private contractors, ineffective UN Agencies… and their political masters.
Missing guns, missing millions; more, much more, SIGAR reveals in its quarterly reports and other investigations. The US military is suffering terrible embarrassments report after report after report. How to address such problems? The new answer is clear as mud: stonewalling. The American commander in Afghanistan has suddenly classified all sorts of information [see the first page of Appendix E above], claiming that operational security is at risk. Example: we can’t be told the number of Afghan Government troops because … ah, the Taliban might decide to start a war?
Even the NY Times thinks this ridiculous… and if the “Gray Lady” moans, we know it must be well and truly off-the-scale WTF egregious!
Ridicule is what this stupidity and denial of our right to know of our government’s actions deserves: here is one wonderful response in a series of GIFs from Hayes Brown at Buzzfeed.
Taking off from that, we can also craft a musical response. A bit of online cabaret, if you will… so please scroll down for musical selections that lyrically address SIGAR questions that the US military warns are above our need-to-know paygrade as mere citizens. Have a glass of wine. Or a beer. Sing along if you like!
We ponder: will SIGAR be kept schtum? Tossed into the ashtray of history? Leaks will come, one expects. But with Obama’s war on whistleblowers still in full cry, expect that every device and every platform of anyone even remotely associated with SIGAR are now being monitored. You know who you are. So do they.
Any other tuneful suggestions? Please offer some of your own in the comments….
SIGAR Question: “Please provide … information on Afghan National Army (ANA) strength as of December 29, 2014”
Musical response: Darkness Stirs and Wakes Imagination…
“Music of the Night”
— Phantom of the Opera
SIGAR Question: “Please provide details on DOD-funded ANA infrastructure projects, including the cumulative number of projects completed to date and their total cost.”
Musical response: Build it up with sticks and stones, sticks and stones…
“London Bridge Is Falling Down”
SIGAR Question: “Please provide details on U.S. efforts to equip the ANA using U.S. funds as of December 29, 2014″
Musical response: Go on take the money and run…
“Take the Money and Run”
— Steve Miller Band
SIGAR Question: “Please identify each type of aircraft in the [Afghan Air Force] inventory, the number of each; and of that number, the number not usable. Are there any aircraft purchased but not yet fielded?”
Musical response: You’ll never Never NEVER reach the sky…
— Eric Burdon and the Animals
SIGAR Question: “Please provide the status of the [Afghan National Security Forces’] medical/health care system as of December 29, 2014”
Musical response: Tell me what you see, I hear their cries, Just say if it’s too late for me…
“Doctor My Eyes”
— Jackson Browne
SIGAR Question: “Please provide details on U.S. efforts to equip the [Afghan National Police] using U.S. funds, as of December 29, 2014, including total number and cost of weapons and weapons-related equipment procured and fielded to date”
Musical response: She’s not a girl who misses much… I need a fix cause I’m going down..
“Happiness is a Warm Gun”
SIGAR Question: “Please provide details of DOD/NATO-funded contracts to provide literacy training to the ANSF, including the cost of the contract(s) and estimated cost(s) to complete”
Musical response: Don’t know much about history…
“What a Wonderful World It Would Be”
— Sam Cook
Any Musical Conclusions? Well…. YES!!!
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right….
“Stuck in the Middle with You”
— Stealers Wheel
SIGAR questions answered? No, and the burgeoning American Security Apparat is committed 24/7 to keep it that way.
Every single day, every word you say, I’ll be watching you…
“Every Breath You Take”
— The Police
The likelihood that this repressive foolishness will bring change?
Says WHO ???… Won’t what???
OH FOX YES WE WILL!!!
And lest we forget… dedicated to the leaders who were asleep on their watch as we were attacked, failed to finish one war so they could launch a pointless other, and are unrepentant for condemning generations to conflict….
You’re a Lying, Cheating Bully, and your friends are lowlife too; You wake up every morning, just wondering who to screw…
“Lying Cheating Bully” *
— Rene Meijer and Friends
* Transparency Moment:
A note from the musical selection jury: the final number, “Lying, Cheating, Bully”, was written by me with my down-home dirty Dutch country-music brother Rene Meijer, and is featured on our award-winning album, Dashboard Jesus. The lyric at first read “and your friends are assholes, too”. We changed that to “lowlife” so the song could be on radio. But the original still plays in my mind.
Folks have more than a few times asked if the song was written about Dick & Dubya. No. It was inspired by a very real but much lesser local reprobate.
But as my from-somewhere-faraway great-grandpappy might have said, had I ever met him:
“If the boot fits, stick it in!”