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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Doggonit, Donald Trump missed the opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest! Ever in history!

But, he says — alas — some unspecified foot problem (or something or other) kept him from the privilege of actually getting to go fight in that war. Bad luck, I’m sure. But now that The Donald is the By-God Commander-in-Chief, his inner-warrior has been given a second chance to bloom, and this time he’s fully enlisted. In recent weeks, President Trump has escalated a running war of words against Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, bombed the European leaders of NATO with explosive charges that they’re unworthy of his support, launched a fierce new barrage of tough rhetoric in his extralegal offensive to ban all travel to the U.S. by anyone from six Muslim nation, and opened an entirely new battlefront by attacking the mayor of London with one of his Twitter missiles.

In last year’s presidential campaign, Trump declared with typical modesty that, “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.” Well, I’m certainly no expert on war, but if a president is going to pick a mess of foreign fights, wouldn’t it be better, strategically speaking, to pick on actual enemies rather than on America’s allies? After all, there might come a time when we need friends to stand with us.

In a twist of historic irony, it looks like Trump and his military team might need those European allies sooner than they figured. Trump’s national security chief and the Pentagon are pushing a new strategy for America’s long and horribly messy war — but it depends on our NATO allies sending some of their troops into the fight. Oops, how awkward for the impetuous tweeter-in-chief.

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is bellicose, likes to issue commands and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy.

Now he and his White House full of military commanders are pondering the launch of a real shooting war. Actually, he would be attempting to achieve battlefield glory by picking up and extending what at first was Bush’s War, then Obama’s War. The place is Afghanistan, and the strategy is to shove more American soldiers (none of which will be named Trump) into that brutish, interminable hellhole.

Yes, that mess is still boiling, despite President Obama’s 2012 pledge to end U.S. involvement. After 16 years, after more than 2,000 Americans have been killed and 20,000 others maimed, after more than $800 billion has been shoveled into it, 8,400 of our troops are still there, the killing continues and we taxpayers keep pumping billions of dollars into the insanity. For all of that, the Taliban forces we’ve been trying to defeat are stronger than ever, al-Qaida and the Islamic State have gained strength and the Afghan government we’re supporting is corrupt, inept and despised.

Nonetheless, Trump is violating a basic rule of civilian control of the military: Never ask the generals if they need more resources. This president has surrounded himself with generals and surrendered crucial decision-making authority to them. What can a “mini-surge” of 5,000 more soldiers do besides assure more U.S. casualties? We weren’t able to win in Afghanistan when 100,000 of our troops were there – so what do we “win” by this so-called “strategy?”

Republican Reb. Walter Jones of North Carolina has introduced a non-partisan bill to defund Trump’s War in Afghanistan. It is co-sponsored by members of both parties. It will be up to Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the bill up for a vote. If Trump can’t tell us why his new strategy will work, we should tell him “No!” Call Speaker Ryan and tell him to bring H.R. 1666 up for a vote (202) 225-0600. And call your Representative and tell them to defund Trumps War in Afghanistan.

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16 Responses to Will You Enlist In Trump’s War?

  1. They have all missed the history lesson again. Putin must be LHAO watching the US doing the exact same thing Russia did. Wonder if it will bankrupt us too – if so Trump would be the perfect guy to lead us into bankruptcy!

    • You are right. Bankruptcy is a field he has lots of experience in. I doubt the Deutsche Bank and Russian oligarchs will come to the rescue this time though…

      • Dom,

        You’re laughing but I fear:

        Your, “jest will savor of shallow wit when thousands more weep than did laugh at it.”

  2. Instead of building bridges this numbnut wants to burn them. When we’re attacked Americans will be the first to lose their civil liberties as this idiot just keeps ramping up the rhetoric and attacking our allies. If this nutjob doesn’t go soon there won’t be a country left in 2020 to have another election

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    • Nah, Dan. He doesn’t want to burn them. He wants to nuke the bejeezus out of them and the surrounding countryside!

  3. Saw this coming since Nov 9th.
    As soon as he feels threatened and starts seriously losing support… start a war.
    Or many wars.

    Bush used the same plan… and it got him re-elected (just).
    Bannon noted this tactic worked. And now President Loser will use it.

    Expect a lot of dead people.

  4. Of course Trump can tell us how his strategy will work: it’s ‘uge, the best strategy ever devised by the most brilliant man who ever ruled America. Sending 5,000 of his followers to Afghanistan won’t solve our problems, but it’s a start. I’m speaking of OUR problems, not Afghanistan’s.
    Maybe he could send other contingents to other hot spots around the world.

    • Sand, you made a serious misspelling error. Listen to how he pronounces the word. It’s “Yeuge”.
      Of course, this is the guy who had how many deferments for unspecified foot problems – while he was on the college’s varsity tennis team?

  5. Has his `Generals` figured out how to defeat ISIS yet ? That was `supposed` to happen 3 months ago within 30 days of Trumpy saying it .

  6. But trump did destroy ISIS with the Mother Of All Bombs. We all saw that thing exploding in Afghanistan. trump would never lie about a thing like that!

  7. To bad he wasn’t in Viet Nam, he would have been fragged within 2 weeks. Then we wouldn’t have his turning allies into enemies, enemies into allies and trying to start a new war with Iran.

    • I couldn’t agree more.
      There’s (apparently) nothing like being IN a war to ensure you never want to put anyone else in that position if you can possibly avoid it.

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