President Donald Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic — he is bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares to disagree with him).
Meanwhile, he and his White-House-full-of-military-commanders are pondering the launch of a real shooting war, a military offensive that would be known as: "Trump's 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 another 5,000 or so American soldiers (none of whom will be named Trump) into that brutish hellhole.
Yes, that mess is still boiling, despite President Barack Obama's 2012 pledge to end U.S. involvement. After 16 years (the longest war in our history), after more than 2,000 Americans killed and 20,000 others maimed, after more than $800 billion spent on it — 8,400 of our troops are still there, the killing continues and we taxpayers keep pumping $3 billion a month into the insanity. For all of that, the Taliban forces we've been trying to defeat are stronger than ever, and the Afghan government we're supporting is as corrupt, inept and despised as ever.
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.
We weren't able to win in Afghanistan when 100,000 of our troops were there — so what do we "win" by putting 5,000 more soldiers in harm's way? If Trump can't tell us that, we should tell him "NO!"
Meanwhile, Trump has 1) escalated a running war of words against Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, 2) bombed the European leaders of NATO with explosive charges that they're unworthy of his support, and 3) attacked the mayor of London with one of his Twitter missiles. If a president is going to pick a mess of foreign fights, wouldn't it be better to pick on actual enemies, rather than on America's allies? After all, it looks like Boss Trump and his military team might need our NATO allies to carry out this new Afghanistan strategy.
Oops, how awkward for the impetuous tweeter-in-chief.
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