Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is getting tired of the never-ending wars in Afghanistan. On October 7, 2020 he tweeted “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end. https://t.co/jm156UTIgt
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 7, 2020
He linked to an article titled “Years after they fought in Afghanistan, US troops watch as their children deploy to the same war” covering the story of Michael Kreuger and his son Trenton Kreuger, a father and son who both deployed to Afghanistan.
The father fought in the Pech Valley in 2010, while his son deployed to Afghanistan in 2018.
Michael Kreuger, who retired from the Army as a sergeant, Kreuger hopes that his grandson won’t also be sent to Afghanistan to continue fighting a war “for the same reason.” The U.S. has been in Afghanistan since its invasion of the country on October 7, 2001. Over 2,400 American troops along with 38,000 civilians have perished in the conflict. The financial cost has been quite steep, with over $2 trillion being spent on the conflict as of 2019.
Putting a stop to never-ending wars has been a major theme for the Trump administration, which has inspired some Republicans to take up the mantle of foreign policy restraint.
Josh Hawley’s foreign policy views have been a topic of interest among many nationalists. Although he is quite hawkish on China, the rest of his foreign policy agenda seems a bit ambiguous. A report by Daniel Larison of The American Conservative expressed some of his skepticism towards Hawley based on his voting behavior with regards to the conflict in Yemen:
We know from Hawley’s voting record so far that he has not been willing to break with the party leadership and the White House on matters of war as they relate to Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.
Indeed, Hawley may not be the most faithful America First foreign policy advocate. The defense industry’s tentacles are still gripping the Republican Party tightly.
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of world policing and nation-building. Now, this rhetoric must be transformed into action.
That’s where grassroots America First activists and organizations must come in. Politicians ultimately respond to stimuli and if enough activists make the right amount of noise and apply significant pressure, politicians will eventually flip.
We must take whatever is in front of us and exploit it to its fullest.
Left-Wing Extremist Charged in Alleged Florida Capitol Attack Identified Soros as “Sponsor”
Daniel Alan Baker had bragged of a Soros sponsorship.
A left-wing extremist arrested and charged with a terrorist plot to confront and kidnap protestors at the Florida Capitol identified billionaire George Soros as his “sponsor” in a YouTube video. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been federally charged with transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure.
Baker appears to have fought overseas with a Kurdish militia group identified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Marxist PKK. He’s an Army veteran who appears to have been discharged after going AWOL before a deployment.
Baker has been charged for an alleged plot involving a group of armed leftists surrounding pro-Trump protestors at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear if right-wing protestors even intend to demonstrate at the site, and Baker’s dangerous attempt to incite an armed confrontation may never have advanced beyond speculative stages.
A “call to arms” flier seen on Baker’s YouTube channel calls for Florida residents to surround supposed “racists” and to “trap them inside” the State Capitol, advocating for the kidnapping of supposed Inauguration demonstrators.
In a YouTube video calling for doxxing attempts on individuals present at the raucous US Capitol riot, Baker brags of having acquired the globalist oligarch as a “sponsor,” implying that the megabillionaire had provided him with an “antifa card.”
Baker’s remarks may have been hyperbole, intentionally seeking to draw attention from critics of the Hungarian-born liberal kingpin.
A charging affidavit also alleges that Baker advocated for the assassination of United States military officers on his YouTube channel, a threat that could potentially incur even more serious criminal charges.
The FBI believes that Baker intended to assassinate Turkish military personnel training in the United States, and that he was on the scene during Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone anarchist rebellion. Baker identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” on his personal social media, as well, urging his followers to “prepare for war” after the November 3rd election.
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