Republican leaders, many of whom are in the back pockets of defense contractors, are crying foul at President Trump’s proposal to bring most of the troops out of Afghanistan by the end of his first term in office.
“A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said.
Other RINO Republicans whined about Trump’s proposal as well.
“The concern would be it would turn into a Saigon-type of situation where it would fall very quickly and then our ability to conduct operations against terrorist elements in the region could be compromised,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. “That’s my primary concern right now.”
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“You can’t simply unilaterally draw down troops,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), an Armed Services Committee member. “I think it’s a serious mistake to unilaterally walk away.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wants President Trump to obey the orders of the military-industrial complex, saying that he is “hoping that the president listens and takes advice from the men and women on the ground, the commanders in the field.”
“A disorganized retreat would jeopardize the track record of major successes this administration has worked hard to compile,” McConnell said to reiterate his opposition to peace.
However, it has been well-established that the Afghanistan war has been a disaster since its outset, and even the military experts admit that the war effort has been lost in private:
A report released by the Washington Post on Monday has confirmed the obvious: officials in the deep state and the intelligence community have been deliberately lying to the public about the war in Afghanistan for many years.
Journalists perused 2,000 pages of interviews obtained due to a Freedom of Information Act request. In those documents, they discovered that influential U.S. officials have known that the war was a losing effort for years. These perspectives were largely suppressed to the public so the agenda preferred by the military-industrial complex could continue.
“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost. Who will say this was in vain?” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, who advised former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on Afghanistan policy, in a Feb. 2015 interview.
Bob Crowley, a former counterinsurgency adviser in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014, noted that the “truth was rarely welcome” within a military bureaucracy that “just wanted to hear good news, so bad news was often stifled.”
“Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible,” Crowley said. “Surveys, for instance, were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right, and we became a self-licking ice cream cone.”
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis confirmed that Pentagon brass and other interventionist officials knew the war was unwinnable, but knowingly perpetrated lies and allowed troops to die needlessly for a lost cause.
“This stuff has been known,” Davis said.
“It was known at all levels,” he added. “They have known from the beginning that the war was unwinnable, but they continued to say the exact opposite.”
“How many more men still have to die before we finally do the right thing?” he asked.
President Donald Trump has regularly acknowledged the obvious about the Afghanistan war. He has pushed in recent months, at least rhetorically, to bring the troops home from the mountainous nation frequently referred to as the “graveyard of empires.”
“Seriously, who gives a s— about Afghanistan?” Trump said, according to a recent book, “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis.”
“So far we’re in for $7 trillion, fellas … $7 trillion including Iraq. Worst decision ever and we’re stuck with it,” he reportedly added.
“We don’t have to fight these endless wars. We’re bringing it back home. That’s what I won on. And some people, whether you call it the military industrial complex, or beyond that, they’d like me to stay. One of the problems I have and one of, for instance with the witch hunt, you have people that want me to stay. They want me to fight forever. They do very well fighting. That’s what they want to do. Fight. A lot of companies want to fight because they make their weapons based on fighting, not based on peace and they take care of a lot of people,” Trump said at a press conference in October.
The Republican Party is holding President Trump back. He needs to bring the troops home even if it offends the GOP establishment losers.