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    Sen. Rand Paul: 16 Years On, It's Past Time To Bring Our Troops Home From Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Sen. Paul
    The Trump administration is increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan and, by doing so, keeping us involved even longer in a 16-year-old war that has long since gone past its time.The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose, and I think it is a terrible idea to send any more troops into that war. Itís time to come home now.

    Our war in Afghanistan began in a proper fashion. We were attacked on 9/11. The Taliban, who then controlled Afghanistan, were harboring al Qaeda, and after being warned, and after an authorization from Congress, our military executed a plan to strike back. Had I been in Congress then, I would have voted to authorize this military action.But as is typical, there was significant mission creep in Afghanistan. We went from striking back against those who attacked us, to regime change, to nation-building, to policing their country for them. And we do it all now with an authorization that is flimsy at best, with the reason blurred, and the costs now known. We do it with an authorization that was debated and passed before some of our newest military personnel were out of diapers. This isnít fair to them, to the American people, or to a rational foreign policy.

    The Afghanistan war going beyond its original mission has an enormous cost. First and most important is the cost to our troops. Deaths, injuries and unnecessary deployments causing harm to families are certainly the most important reason as to why you donít go to wars that arenít necessary.

    Then comes the taxpayer. We have spent over $1 trillion in Afghanistan, and nearly $5 trillion on Middle East wars in the past 15 years. Would we not be better off with $5 trillion less in debt or using these funds in other, more productive ways?

    Nation-building should not be our job, and it has consistently been a foolís errand for us, particularly in this region. There is no reason to believe we can do it in Afghanistan, and certainly no reason to believe we can do it without a permanent, costly presence in the country.

    So I strongly disagree with the administrationís actions here. Iíve spoken to the president, and I know he wants to end this war. Weíve all heard him say it. But talk wonít get it done. Although Iíve been informed that the president rejected larger expansions of troops than the one announced this week, thatís not good enough. He should have rejected this one and stuck to his principles. He knows this war is over, and he Ė unlike the last two presidents Ė should have the guts to end it for real, on his watch.

    Regardless of the argument over the number of troops, I also will insist my colleagues take up a larger argument over the power to declare war. I believe we have allowed the executive to exercise far too much power in recent years.

    This is one of the reasons I objected just before the recess when the Senate moved to consider the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I have an amendment that I will insist be considered that would repeal the 2001 AUMF on Afghanistan. That AUMF is outdated, overcome by events, and provides a feeble bit of cover for people who still want to be there.

    If the president and my colleagues want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it. Iíll insist they do this fall, and Iíll be leading the charge for ďno.Ē
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    To think that so many of Ron Paul's supporters passed on the author of this piece in favor of the guy who just declared endless war because he 'tells it like it is'. And to think so many others said he wasn't worth their time because he's 'not his dad'. Well here we are to today, hope you all like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Tell View Post
    To think that so many of Ron Paul's supporters passed on the author of this piece in favor of the guy who just declared endless war because he 'tells it like it is'. And to think so many others said he wasn't worth their time because he's 'not his dad'. Well here we are to today, hope you all like it.
    MAGA MOFOS....
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Tell View Post
    To think that so many of Ron Paul's supporters passed on the author of this piece in favor of the guy who just declared endless war because he 'tells it like it is'. And to think so many others said he wasn't worth their time because he's 'not his dad'. Well here we are to today, hope you all like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asurfaholic View Post
    But seriously, muh maga

    It's time to be great again....
    For sure

    Greatly expanding the wars, greatly encouraging the police state, greatly in debt...
    "The program of liberalism, ...if condensed into a single word, would have to read: property..."

    -Ludwig von Mises

    "Patriotism, not nationalism, should inspire the citizen. The ethnic nationalist who wants a linguistically and culturally uniform nation is akin to the racist who is intolerant toward those who look (and behave) differently. The patriot is a "diversitarian"; he is pleased, indeed proud of the variety within the borders of his country; he looks for loyalty from all citizens. And he looks up and down, not left and right."

    -Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

    "The monarch is a responsible person. The fact that a monarch is responsible "to God alone," rather than to an assembly or a popular majority, is rather shocking to an agnostic mind; but while God cannot be fooled, the masses can. While it is perhaps true that "one cannot fool all the people all the time," it seems one can fool millions for centuries."

    -Ibid.

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    Things look different from behind the POTUS desk.
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