President Trump’s Unwarranted Wars
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.