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    Exclamation Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

    This view does not negate the 'follow the money' doctrine but still would be tad bit surprising for some as war violence has been relatively lower in recent years.



    Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars


    Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

    By Khury Petersen-Smith

    There was this moment during the State of the Union Address earlier this year that I can’t stop thinking about.
    When President Trump spoke to army wife Amy Wiliams during his speech and told her he’d arranged her husband’s return home from Afghanistan as a “special surprise,” it was difficult to watch.
    Sgt. Townsend Williams then descended the stairs to reunite with his family after seven months of deployment. Congress cheered. A military family’s reunion — with its complicated feelings that are typically handled in private or on a base — was used for an applause line.
    That gimmick was the only glimpse many Americans will get of the human reality of our wars overseas. There is no such window into the lives or suffering of people in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, or beyond.

    That’s unacceptable. And so is the myth that Trump is actually ending the wars.
    The U.S. has reached a deal with the Taliban to remove 3,400 of the 12,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, with the pledge to withdraw more if certain conditions are met. That’s a long overdue first step, as U.S. officials are finally recognizing the war is a disaster and are negotiating an exit.
    But taking a step back reveals a bigger picture in which, from West Africa to Central Asia, Trump is expanding and deepening the War on Terror — and making it deadlier.
    Far from ending the wars, U.S. airstrikes in Somalia and Syria have skyrocketed under Trump, leading to more civilian casualties in both countries. In Somalia, the forces U.S. operations are supposedly targeting have not been defeated after 18 years of war. It received little coverage in the U.S., but the first week of this year saw a truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 80 people.
    Everywhere, ordinary people, people just like us except they happen to live in other countries, pay the price of these wars. Last year saw over 10,000 Afghan civilian casualties — the sixth year in a row to reach those grim heights.
    And don’t forget, 2020 opened with Trump bringing the U.S. to the brink of a potentially catastrophic war with Iran. And he continues to escalate punishing sanctions on the country, devastating women, children, the elderly, and other vulnerable people.
    Trump is not ending wars, but preparing for more war. Over the past year, he has deployed 14,000 more troops in the Middle East — beyond the tens of thousands already there.
    If this seems surprising, it’s in part because the problem has been bipartisan. Indeed, many congressional Democrats have actually supported these escalations.
    In December, 188 House Democrats joined Republicans in passing a nearly $740 billion military budget that continues the wars. They passed the budget after abandoning anti-war measures put forward by California Representative Barbara Lee and the precious few others trying to rein in the wars.
    It’s worth remembering that State of the Union visual, of Congress rising in unison and joining the president in applause for his stunt with the Williams family. Because there has been nearly that level of consensus year after year in funding, and expanding, the wars.
    Ending them will not be easy. Too many powerful interests — from weapons manufacturers to politicians — are too invested. But ending the wars begins with rejecting the idea that real opposition will come from inside the White House.

    fpif.org/ending-the-myth-that-trump-is-ending-the-wars/


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    US dropped record number of bombs on Afghanistan last year
    Warplanes dropped 7,423 bombs and other munitions, the most since Pentagon began keeping track in 2006
    Tue 28 Jan 2020
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...war-bombs-2019


    Civilian Deaths in U.S. Wars Are Skyrocketing Under Trump
    https://theintercept.com/2019/10/02/...asualties-war/


    US combat deaths in Afghanistan highest in years

    By Alexander Bolton - 01/01/20



    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4...ghest-in-years

    http://icasualties.org/App/AfghanFat...page=1&rows=10


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    In before the usual suspects
    You are a usual suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    You are a usual suspect.
    LOL, touche.
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    You do realize OP that Biden will never end the Ending wars nor send the Troops back? Biden's plan for the middle east includes special forces as a active force in the middle east. While maintaining some bases in the middle east this is not a full withdrawal which liberals in America had being pushing or claiming that they would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryCanadian View Post
    You do realize OP that Biden will never end the Ending wars nor send the Troops back? Biden's plan for the middle east includes special forces as a active force in the middle east. While maintaining some bases in the middle east this is not a full withdrawal which liberals in America had being pushing or claiming that they would do.
    Biden can not do anything by himself. Trump can not do anything by himself. The corporate lobbyists use both parties, changing the lingo for whatever “side” of the isle you are on.

    Left, right, march in lock-step. Except now, the MIC has expanded to the MIC. Follow the Money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCount View Post
    In before the usual suspects
    The media commentary in the original post is from almost 1 year ago. Either you're partnering with this obvious propaganda bot to manipulate the forum or you just post before even reading or understand what you are responding to.
    I just want objectivity on this forum and will point out flawed sources or points of view at my leisure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    Biden can not do anything by himself. Trump can not do anything by himself. The corporate lobbyists use both parties, changing the lingo for whatever “side” of the isle you are on.

    Left, right, march in lock-step. Except now, the MIC has expanded to the MIC. Follow the Money.
    Yes you are right but. At leas Trump has avoided into the trap of going or starting a regime change Biden would gladly follow the corporate lobbyists demands i assume that's what Liberals in America would call a return to normal they already miss their wars? i thought Liberals were anti war?

    The right doesn't control the congress in America the last time i checked yet they are getting the worst numbers on approval ratings, and yet somehow some idiots are still voting liberals for them?

    The last four years the left in America haven't spent a single issue or time on actually American issues expect trying to find a link to Trump and Russia which is hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spudea View Post
    The media commentary in the original post is from almost 1 year ago. Either you're partnering with this obvious propaganda bot to manipulate the forum or you just post before even reading or understand what you are responding to.
    Aside from election year promises, what has changed in that year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCount View Post
    Aside from election year promises, what has changed in that year?
    Troops came home from Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Germany, Syria, Saudi Arabia and probably lots of other places, that's all.
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    Thomas Massie

    Why won’t the press report this? US Military casualties in the war in Afghanistan:

    Bush: 630
    Obama: 1758
    Trump: 63

    https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/...27625606090752
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