Dan who comments here as others have done found the idea that Trump has attempted to take us out of our “forever wars” a point in his favor. I was reminded when I responded to him of the United States position prior to WWII when America also wanted to stay out of war. We were safe within our own borders and why did we care what happened in the rest of the world. The result of that thinking has been reflected in the thinking of Trump.
He tells us how much he loves the military, how much money he has spent on renewing it pretending that somehow it was falling apart, and how we have the best fighting forces in the world. But at the same time he is afraid of utilizing it. He would rather run than fight. Perhaps his attitude is based upon his ignorance and his lack of historical knowledge. Not know for his intellect or his interest in reading, which according to reports he won’t even read his daily presidential briefings, he probably fails to understand that Americans are not safe within their own borders unless they have allies and live in a safe world.
Assume that Trump has kept us out of wars, what is the cost of doing that? We saw the cost in Northern Syria when our alliance with the Kurds was fractured when at the demand of Turkey’s Erdogan we withdrew our thousand or so troops so that the Russians and Syrians could take over the areas we once protected leaving our allies the Kurds to twist in the wind. Our troops were not in danger nor did anyone seriously threaten them but Trump withdrew them giving Turkey, Russia, and Assad land previously protected by us. Is that what you want America to stand for? Is that what the greatest fighting force in the world should do because a tin pot dictator like Erdogan waves his fist at us?
What about the “endless war” in Afghanistan? Trump wants to deal with the Taliban and had the audacity to invite its leaders to Camp David. Is he that ignorant that he fails to understand that some people are incapable of making peace? He probably has no idea of the history of the Taliban when it ruled Afghanistan. Women were confined to their homes for most of the time, they were prohibited from being educated, if they left they had to cover themselves completely, they had bearded purity police who beat them if any part of their skin was visible, and they prohibited them from playing music.
As shown in this 1999 article where a woman was executed in a sports stadium they are a gang beyond brutal. The article notes: “The Taliban have imposed their harsh brand of Islamic law in the 90 percent of Afghanistan under their control. The Taliban say their version of Islam is a pure one that follows a literal interpretation of the Muslim holy book, The Koran. Under Taliban laws, murderers are publicly executed by the relatives of their victims. Adulterers are stoned to death and the limbs of thieves are amputated. Lesser crimes are punished by public beatings.”
A more recent video shows a murder of a woman in 2012. The fate of women and men in Afghanistan is dire if the United States leaves. Is it our obligation to stay and attempt to protect these folk from the depredations of the Taliban? Is the making of peace with the Taliban and American forces fleeing from Afghanistan something to be proud of?
All through the world Trump’s foreign policy of cutting and running has put America in greater danger. We have not gone into any new wars but we have not made the world into a safer or more peaceful place. I suggest that Harold Ickles speech in May 1941 where he talked about what ii is that makes an American would make good reading at this time. Here it is.