“Beware the military-industrial complex”- President Dwight Eisenhower, 1/17/1961
In what should have been considered good news we all can use, President Trump’s announcement that US troops are leaving Syria, and are finally drawing down in our longest quagmire- Afghanistan- the bi-partisan panic reveals that our elected officials CAN agree. They agree, like dogs, to return to their vomit at every opportunity.
They are dogs. Dogs of war.
President Trump orders the “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of US troops from Syria, stating the “defeat of ISIS” removes the reasons for continuing involvement.
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker slam Trump for removing troops from Syria.
Democrats and Republicans alike are criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria.
After opposing every military intervention of the last 50 years, Hollywood liberals now love war.
President Obama tried to get us deeply involved in Syria- remember the “red line”?- and met fierce enough pushback that he had to let it go.
Syria is a Russian ally and has been for a long time. Questionable events, unverifiable “gas attacks”, the anti-Assad “rebels”- it is a dirty little mess. We have no interests there. If whoever we are allegedly supporting there can’t get along wthout our 2,000 troops, then we don’t need to be involved in that anyways. Next they will need 2000 more and then a little “surge” to wrap things up. And then 20 years from now, just like Afghanistan, we’ll still be involved in a “generational” conflict. We have seen this movie before- several times in fact. Bring the boys home.
And, speaking of Afghanistan:
President Trump orders a 50% reduction in troop levels in Afghanistan. The article tries to paint Trump as impulsive, irresponsible, and neglectful of our allies while explaining why the drawdown is a mistake. But the unmistakeable truth is also proven through these justifications- after 17 years and over 2400 deaths, not a damn thing has changed. Bring the boys home.
The Military Times picked up this story from Associated Press. The author spends three paragraphs on the relevant fact: the Afghans say it won’t affect them.
Then eight paragraphs and two links to how this is all an impulsive mistake.
Ron Paul says it’s a “good start”. He also points out how the same people that cried for two years that Trump was going to get us in a war, are now mad he is trying to end some.
And Rand defends the withdrawals as well. “We’ve been there 17 years- can the people who live there not do anything?” Amen.
FLASHBACK: October 2016- TIME magazine runs an article from Cato Institute arguing that it is time to close our overseas military bases. All 700+ in the over 80 countries.
Yes Slate Magazine, they are. Hypocrites. But, we already knew that.
It’s a dystopic Pink Floyd video, but it is a simple, powerful hope: Bring the boys back home.