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Report: Trump Determined To Get US Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Coronavirus spread providing more reason to bring troops home.

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Reports this week have once again shed light on President Trump’s continued efforts to get US troops out of the middle east and away from conflicts pursued by his predecessors.

A report by NBC news notes that Trump “complains almost daily” that US troops are still in Afghanistan, and that now they are at risk from the coronavirus outbreak.

“His renewed push to withdraw all of them has been spurred by the convergence of his concern that coronavirus poses a force protection issue for thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and his impatience with the halting progress of his peace deal with the Taliban,” officials have told NBC.

“U.S. officials worry the virus could become rampant in Afghanistan, given its lack of health care and testing and its shared border with Iran, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.” the report adds.

“Afghanistan is going to have a significant coronavirus issue,” a former senior U.S. official said. “It hasn’t really manifested yet but it will.”

As highlighted in other reports, Afghanistan’s relatively substandard health ministry is preparing to be overrun by “millions” of coronavirus cases.

According to the NBC report, Trump isn’t happy with the progress of US and NATO troops being withdrawn from the country, which was part of a deal signed with the Taliban in February.

The accord paved the way for a large US troop reduction to 8,600 within 135 days of signing, numbers that are not being achieved quickly enough for Trump.

The report notes that military advisors are worried that troops will also have to be be withdrawn from elsewhere if they’re brought home from Afghanistan.

“The president’s military advisers have made the case to him that if the U.S. pulls troops out of Afghanistan because of the coronavirus, by that standard the Pentagon would also have to withdraw from places like Italy, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, officials said.”

It’s difficult to imagine that Trump would have much of a problem with that either.

 

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Video: Biden Takes Credit For Bin Laden Raid When In Reality He OPPOSED It

Re-writing history again

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Announcing a troop drawdown in Afghanistan (which was scheduled to happen much sooner under President Trump anyway) Joe Biden claimed credit for the 2011 Navy Seal raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, even though at the time he OPPOSED it.

As a whopping 1,530 people tuned into Biden’s announcement, he squinted at the teleprompter which claimed that he said in the past that he would “follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell.”

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Except it wasn’t Biden who said this at all, it was John McCain, who ran AGAINST Biden and Obama in 2008:

Biden only used the “gates of hell” phrase years later in reference to ISIS, but he has never been one to let facts get in the way of a good yarn.

Indeed, when it comes to Bin Laden, Biden actually opposed the raid that supposedly took the Al Qaeda kingpin out.

In 2012, Biden noted “The president, he went around the table with all the senior people, including the chiefs of staff, and he said, ‘I have to make a decision. What is your opinion?’ He started with the national security advisor, the Secretary of State, and he ended with me.”

“He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said … ‘Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go.’”

Biden has been attempting to erase this priceless nugget for some time now:

Meanwhile, Biden’s ‘decision’ to carry forth Trump’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has surprised and angered several neocon establishment figures, who never want to see the conflict there end.

House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released a statement Tuesday declaring that the move “abandons our global leadership position, and plays into our adversaries’ hands.”

“President Biden’s decision hands the Taliban and al Qaeda a propaganda victory,” Cheney proclaimed.

Retired Army Gen. and former CIA head David Petraeus added that “Ending U.S. involvement in an endless war doesn’t end the endless war. It just ends our involvement. And I fear that this war is going to get worse.”

Both Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham expressed opposition with the latter calling the decision “a disaster in the making” and “dumber than dirt.”

Practically the only Republican to express agreement with the move was Senator Rand Paul:

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Biden Diversity Strikes Syria

Bomb back better (with inclusivity and compassion).

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Bombs are falling on Syria again, the kids are still in the cages, the $2,000 checks are AWOL.

But hey, at least Orange Man Bad no longer being offensive on Twitter!

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One Month Into Presidency Biden BOMBS Syria

Back to the war machine

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It took just over one month of a Joe Biden presidency for the US to turn back on the war machine and start raining missiles on Syria again.

Reuters reports that Biden ordered military air strikes in eastern Syria against facilities claimed to be used by Iran-backed militia.

The US reportedly dropped seven 500-pound JDAMs during the airstrike in Al Bukamal, reportedly killed 17 Iran-backed fighters.

The Pentagon says that the strikes were a response to ‘rocket attacks’ on February 15th against US ‘targets’ in Iraq.

Iranian militias have denied that they were involved in attacks against US facilities or troops.

“At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” a Pentagon statement noted.

“President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” said spokesman John Kirby.

Dropping bombs apparently constitutes ‘de-escalation’ now.

Some called out the hypocrisy, referencing comments from Democrats after Trump allowed a strike to be carried out in Syria almost four years ago:

Then there was also this…

Establishment Republicans are on board with the action, with Representative Michael McCaul, of House Foreign Affairs Committee commenting “Responses like this are a necessary deterrent and remind Iran, its proxies, and our adversaries around the world that attacks on U.S. interests will not be tolerated.”

The action comes after Biden ordered troops to reenter Syria, reversing President Trump’s efforts to wind down the US war machine in the Middle East.

As we previously warned, Biden’s foreign policy team vehemently supported every single disastrous military intervention over the past 2 decades:

The military-industrial complex is back.

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