Such are promises, all lies and jest. If the armies of another nation invade your country, there is no need to resort to lies to sell a war: Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq did NOT have to be fought. They were optional. At minimum, they were wars of imperialism, undeclared, immoral, and violations of international law. The war against Afghanistan is no exception. It's basically to assure that we can build an oil pipeline from a former 'stan' of Soviet Russia, and protect it with our mercenary army. The best option for a nation that "pretends" to promote democracy would be to actually promote democracy, and to stop killing innocent people in that country. Let the Afghan people choose between any candidates they want - yes, including the Taliban - and pledge to work with the winner, no matter what. After all, that is what democracy is all about, and we have no right to force it down a country's throat with the barrel of a gun. The definition of integrity is doing the right thing even when it hurts, which is required by our country when we truly believe in our constitution. Or, have we forgotten how our country was founded? Do we still want to be ruled by the Queen of England? Please click on my headline to read the rest of the story by Ted Rall.