Do you hear that?
That’s the sound of the Deep State howling from the rafters because President Trump is making good on his campaign promise to the American people to bring the troops home.
President Trump thinks 20 years in Afghanistan is long enough. Unfortunately, no war is too long for the professional warmongers in U.S. Congress, U.S. intelligence services, and the corporate military-industrial complex.
Upon the news of President Trump’s announcement of his planned move to withdraw the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and bring the troops home, the failed ghosts of U.S. foreign policy’s past stormed cable news to loudly condemn any attempt at ending any of America’s endless wars abroad.
Cue the usual suspects.
We know the war-hungry suits at military hardware makers such as Lockheed Martin. Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman all blanched and choked on their coffee when President Trump announced the stunning troop withdrawal.
Never before in their lives, since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has the military-industrial complex been told that can’t feed at the trough of endless wars.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper objected to President Trump’s request to draw down the U.S. military troop presence in Afghanistan – so President Trump fired him, triggering an earthquake of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) among cable news hacks and foreign policy failures from the last five presidential administrations.
Over in the intelligence agencies, President Trump’s announcement came as such a surprise it momentarily distracted the CIA and NSA from feeding the U.S. Constitution by the sheaf into a shredder.
The intel agencies had a good laugh given that they are already in a permanent state of war and enjoy ever-expanding surveillance that ever further encroaches on Americans’ liberties. First, came fingerprint scans, then retinal scans – but what comes have rectal scans?
Jumping to the hallowed halls of the U.S Congress where men are mice and the voice of reason goes to die, Rand Paul was the only hero backing the president’s move to bring the troops home.
On the Democratic side, the outrage was to be expected. The Democrats are outraged regardless of what President Trump does. They never miss out on an excuse to tear out their hair. The corporate-owned Democratic Party may play at being peaceniks, but they are puppets for the status quo policies that support America’s endless wars.
On the Republican side, cornball Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska piped up to say that a large troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be a “retreat” and that it is “not grounded in reality.”
Sen. Ben Sasse issues statement calling for indefinite continuation of Afghanistan War, currently in its 20th year. Says to bring any troops home would be a "retreat" and "not grounded in reality." #20MoreYearsShouldDoIt
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 17, 2020
Funny that Sen. Sasse talks about “reality” when he lives in his own fantasyland where he thinks that he’s a constitutional law professor, not a U.S. senator and that his job is to give civics lessons to the president.
Or, as President Trump recently called Sen. Sasse, “obnoxious and boring!”
Ask Sen. Sasse a simple yes-or-no question and get a one-hour discourse about the U.S. Constitution.
President Trump called Sen. Sasse the most “useless” of the Republican senators – and he’s 100-percent right.
In his six years in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Sasse has NEVER sponsored and passed ANY major legislation. Maybe Sen. Sasse would benefit from taking the corn out of his ears and listening to President Trump’s lead on this one.
Of course, where would a chorus of outrage be without failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney chiming in? Sen. Romney took time out of his busy day of stabbing President Trump in the back to voice his displeasure about the planned troop movements.
Here is Sen. Romney response to President Trump’s troop withdrawal announcement:
Romney: The decision to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and potentially elsewhere should not be based on a U.S. political calendar. The Administration has yet to explain why reducing troops in Afghanistan..is a wise decision for our national security interests
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 17, 2020
“The decision to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and potentially elsewhere should not be based on a U.S. political calendar. The Administration has yet to explain why reducing troops in Afghanistan is a wise decision for our national security interests.”
The 1990s want their foreign policy back, Mittens.
Only President Trump had the courage to course-correct the failed U.S. foreign policy regime and consensus in effect since the fall of the Berlin Wall. President Trump wants to bring the troops home and end America’s endless wars? You bet they are going to holler and scream.