Trump Re-Escalates America’s Longest War


History proves that Republicans love war. When a Republican president is living in the White House, a war is imminent. The truth is that America has not won a war since WWII, and the only reason for that victory is that we became the first and only nation to use nuclear weapons. And there’s a reason why war is unavoidable during a GOP dominance in Washington; ‘war is good business.’ During George W. Bush’s administration, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and others were heavily invested in the military industrial complex. It is highly likely that Trump and his circle of sinners have similar investments.

There are reports today the Secretary of Defense James Mattis will announce the deployment of 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan; America’s longest war. I have only one question; why?

Russia spent ten years in Afghanistan and retreated in shame. America has been there since 2001, and we’re still there. Nothing has been accomplished; thousands of lives have been lost; 100’s of billions of dollars have been thrown away. The primary purpose for invading Afghanistan was to capture or kill Osama bin Laden; how’d that work out?

The American people are tired of war. Today all wars are unwinnable. The tactics of today’s battles are not taught at West Point or Annapolis. The Air Force offers support, but is often inefficient.

Mattis claims that most of the men and women sent back to Afghanistan will be involved in training and advising the Afghanistan military. However, and here’s what we have all heard before; “’some’ will carry out counterterrorism operations.” Have you still got that bridge to sell?

Trump is a child with mentally disabilities. I’m sure that he can’t wait to use the toys at his disposal.

Once again I must ask: “What the hell are we doing there?” We will never defeat the Taliban. The people don’t want us there. There’s no oil. What advantage is there to wage a ‘forever war’ in a nation which has no value to the American people?

A final note to Trump supporters; if you have a son or daughter who is deployed to Afghanistan, and loses his or her life, or maybe a limb, who will you blame now?

War is good for nothing.

Please re-post; thank you.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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