Pres­i­dent Trump’s Un­war­ranted Wars

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - THE LOW­DOWN Jim Hightower

So, Pres­i­dent Trump makes what was to be a con­do­lence phone call to the young widow of Sgt. La David John­son, one of the four Amer­i­can soldiers killed on a mil­i­tary pa­trol in Niger — and all of a sud­den, the White House ex­plodes in yet an­oth new burst of pres­i­den­tial lies.

Was Trump dis­re­spect­ful to the widow by not re­fer­ring to her dead hus­band by name, but as “your guy,” then declar­ing that Sgt. John­son “knew what he was sign­ing up for”? She and two wit­nesses to the call say “yes”; Trump and his a fu­ri­ous string of “no.” shouldn’t we be ask­ing Trump the big ques­tion: What the hell are our mil­i­tary forces do­ing in Niger? To the pub­lic’s com­plete sur­prise, we sud­denly learn that four of our soldiers have died there. Why? What was their mis­sion, and what is our na­tional in­ter­est in that West African coun­try that war­rants spend­ing Amer­i­can lives and money?

Trump and his GOP Congress are throw­ing money — yours and mine — at the Pen­tagon, de­mand­ing a mas­sive $700 bil­lion mil­i­tary bud­get. For what? Here’s an­other shocker for you: The Pen­tagon has some 200,000 U.S. troops de­ployed in 177 coun­tries. the bur­den of fully ex­plain­ing to the pub­lic why more war is war­ranted.

Just as he evaded mil­i­tary ser­vice dur­ing the Viet­nam War, “Com­man­der Trump” is shirk­ing this ba­sic pres­i­den­tial duty to­day. He’s let­ting his glittering ar­ray of non-elected gen­er­als hurl an­other 4,000 of our men and women into the now 16-year Afghan War they ad­mit they’re los­ing, hav­ing al­ready spent the lives of 2,304 Amer­i­can troops and more than a tril­lion dol­lars. What’s espe­cially mad­den­ing is that Trump and his gen­er­als have no new strat­egy for “win­ning,” have no new idea how many more years and lives

De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis an­swers a ques­tion about the am­bush of U.S. troops in Niger at the Pen­tagon Oct. 19 in Wash­ing­ton.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.