Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is standing up for President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy against neocons in the Republican Party who desire to go back to the George W. Bush era.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Vice President and Iraq War architect Dick Cheney, made an appearance on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” on Tuesday where she argued for Trump to keep troops in Afghanistan.
“We know what happens when we walk away,” she said. “We are now in a situation where we’ve got a sufficient number of troops on the ground to prevent safe havens and people have got to remember that Afghanistan is a place from which the terrorists planned and plotted and trained and attacked us on 9/11 — We cannot let that happen again.”
Cheney’s words come shortly after the release of the Afghanistan Papers, which showed that bureaucrats in Washington D.C. deliberately misled the public about progress in the mountainous arid nation commonly referred to as the “graveyard of empires” to do public relations for the war operation.
Even though it is now widely understood that top military officials see no chance at victory in Afghanistan, Cheney wants troops to remain over there to continue spilling their blood needlessly. Paul finds this to be completely unacceptable.
“I think the Cheneys are unrepentant warmongers. They still won’t admit that the Iraq War was a mistake,” Paul said.
“What they need to realize that when we topple regimes — when we topple strongmen that may not be the best of leaders — what we get is a vacuum and we get more terrorism. So ostensibly, they want to go overseas to fight them over there and to wipe out terrorism, but it turns out we go over there and we end up having chaos when we depose regimes and have no government,” he added.
After all the damage that their policies have caused to America, Paul believes that the Cheneys should quit while they are behind and remove themselves from public life permanently.
“America needs to quit listening to them. They need to fade into obscurity,” he said.
Although President Trump is far from a non-interventionist, his foreign policy mindset is much closer to Paul’s than it is to Cheney’s. He has talked about the futility of the wars in the Middle East on many occasions, and indicated that he wants to bring the troops home.
“You know, we’re in many countries, many, many countries. I–I’m embarrassed to tell you how many. I know the exact number, but I’m embarrassed to say it because it’s so foolish. We’re in countries–we’re protecting countries that don’t even like us. They take advantage of us. They don’t pay; nothing,” Trump said in October.
Neocons like Cheney, by working incessantly to undermine Trump’s foreign policy, do a great disservice to the President’s “America First” agenda.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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