For eight years our nation was not thinking about war. We left Iraq, and were reducing our military presence in Afghanistan. Enter Donald Trump and a Republican controlled congress, and it appears that more of our finest young men and women will be returning to a battle zone.
Trump has planned an address at 9 p.m. Eastern time this evening. He will announce his plan for the war in Afghanistan, which has become America’s longest military conflict. His Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, and his National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, have encouraged him to increase the American presence in Afghanistan. By how many no one knows at present; we may learn more this evening.
While Trump continues to instill cuts in his proposed budget for programs which aid low-income and impoverished Americans, he is spending money “faster than a sailor on leave.” An increase in the number of soldiers in a foreign nation will require more taxpayer dollars. Trump is becoming the most ‘expensive president money can buy.’
We should be bringing our men and women home from Afghanistan. The war, which began in the fall of 2001, is unwinnable. If you don’t believe me, look at the history of the Soviet Union’s war in that very nation. They invaded Afghanistan is 1979, and left 10 years later. After their retreat, civil war broke out, and the Taliban took control of the country.
All Americans must remember that the purpose for sending our military to Afghanistan was to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his top commanders. When that failed, Bush and Cheney decided that we should engage the Taliban; it continues today.
Republican history proves two things; they love a war; war is good business; and they are failures while attempting to improve the nation’s economy and the quality of life for the majority.
Regardless, I won’t be listening to Trump tonight. There must be a rerun of Saturday Night Live on some cable network. I’ll read about his idiocy on the internet.
Here’s a suggestion; the first to be sent to the war zone should be Jared Kushner, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, and Tiffany Trump. They’re not good for anything else.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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