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Trump’s Afghanistan Mistake

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The “General’s Coup” Is Not A Conspiracy

Scott Horton, the libertarian foreign policy analyst whose book Fool’s Errand just dropped, told economist Tom Woods that as soon as President George W. Bush learned that Afghanistan was serving as a safe haven for al Qaeda, the president had the means to negotiate.

He could have reached out to the Taliban and made a deal so they would turn over al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, to any allied country such as Canada. Those were the Taliban’s conditions. Had Bush accepted them, we could have saved trillions of dollars and countless lives in the hunt for the man responsible for 9/11.

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What a glorious win it would have been.

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But the president wanted to “win” on his own. He wanted to go to war, Horton explains. And yes, even the American people wanted war.

Ignoring the Taliban’s reasonable conditions, Bush then proceeded to wage an endless military campaign completely paid for by loans. Loans that will stand in the way of America’s youth.

Trump First Said No To War

By 2011, the U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan had already been going on for ten years and many of us had already been urging the president to get out.

Long before Donald Trump ran for president, he already had used Twitter to advise President Barack Obama on this wasteful, pointless war by telling him it was time to get out of that mess and “rebuild our country first.”

With that same message, Trump carried his 2016 campaign, being the only mainstream candidate to actually call both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars a waste. And while he was far from an anti-interventionist or even libertarian for that matter, he was the only popular candidate who sounded unwilling to remain in the Middle East. Why? Because his nationalist tone forced him to focus on the United States, leaving behind dreams of using the U.S. military as the world’s police.

So it was with great pain that many of Trump’s dedicated supporters saw the president say that while the U.S. under his leadership will continue to be “a partner and a friend” to Afghanistan without actually dictating “to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society,” he had given in. By listening to the generals in his administration he chose to keep America in place instead of pulling out.

But America isn’t fighting al Qaeda in the region. The Taliban retreated and have not been interested in fighting, allowing for ISIS to grow stronger — but not that strong. So what is the U.S. doing there?

Serving the interest of a minority by putting the financial burden of this adventure on the backs of our grandchildren.

Deep State Or Cronyism, Call What You Will

Trump didn’t stand his ground as president. Instead, he caved in to generals, ignoring his own instincts and for that, he must be blamed for being part of the incredible historic mess that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is.

But why are generals and politicians so invested in sending more young American men to see their lives fade away in the desert in a far away land?

President Dwight Eisenhower called it the “military industrial complex.” A fancy name for the marriage of U.S. military and private organizations catering to them. Austrian economists and libertarians call it simply another great example of crony capitalism.

In his farewell speech, Eisenhower urged politicians and common Americans alike to “guard against the acquisition of warranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Currently, Ryan McMaken explained in his latest article for the Mises Institute, we have “more than 12 million Americans who rely on military spending.”

But how can that be if military personnel make up only one percent of the population, you might ask. Easy. With the Department of Defense employing over 800,000 civil service employees, and anywhere between five and six million of contract employees who are tasked with building weapons, developing military systems, offering support services, and conducting related research, we’re looking at at least three to four percent of the population relying solely on war to put food on the table.

With state-level politicians working informally as lobbyists pushing for more military spending in their districts and hundreds of other official lobbyists working to promote the defense sector in Washington, D.C., it’s obvious that, no matter where you look, there will be a mother, a soldier, a man in a suit, or a politician telling you that war is the only answer. You will be outnumbered — no matter how much it costs us, no matter how pointless the effort will be in the long run.

In other words, the military industrial complex, crony capitalism, or what many also like to call the deep state has won — no matter how you slice it.

With career politicians in Washington, D.C., beholden to donors and with generals seeing yet another opportunity to stay relevant, we cannot underestimate their power to persuade.

But Trump doesn’t need any of this; he’s filthy rich. He’s as famous as it gets. What’s in this for him?

Fear, perhaps. Fear of having said no to a war that could work under his rule. Visions of grandeur, even. Who knows?

The idea that now things will be different if he just tweaks the campaign a bit. But once he gives in, the military runs wild. They have the freedom to run wild and with access to a blank check from taxpayers.

Libertarians aren’t surprised Trump decided to cave in, escalating an already unwinnable war. But his supporters will want to know why he would be so naive to fall for this powerful and complex network of countless Americans relying on war to go on paying their bills. Unfortunately, they may never get an answer. But they can rally and stand against their man. They can raise up and tell their chosen candidate that that isn’t the Trump they elected. And better yet, they can be louder than the “lying media,” that instead of doing its job, will prefer to praise Trump for “[bowing] to reality.”

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TERROR: Naval Base Shooter was Radicalized and Trained in Saudi Arabia’s ‘College Of Sharia’

Laura Loomer broke the story.

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The Islamic terrorist who reportedly shot up a Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Tex. has been revealed as a Jihadi who was radicalized at Saudi Arabia’s “College of Sharia,” according to reporting done by Laura Loomer.

Adam Salim Alsahli was shot dead after allegedly committing a mass shooting on the Naval base. He shot at security guards and injured one of them on Thursday mroning. The FBI has confirmed that Alsahli committed his mass shooting as an act of Jihad.

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The police scanner audio that took place when law enforcement was responding to the shooting can be heard here:

Loomer obtained information indicating that Alsahli received training at Saudi Arabia’s Umm Al-Qura University, which translates to the College of Sharia in English.

The Sharia Dean posted the following message in English on the official university website, indicating the university’s dedication to promoting Muslim values to students who attend the university:

Thanks be to Allah, Peace be upon the seal of prophets, UQU College of Shari’a has a seventy- year long history of dedication, spreading knowledge, and sustaining Islamic teachings.

The history of College of Shari’a goes back to 1369 H. It was founded by the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud to mark a new systematic form of education and Shari’a and Islamic studies, aside from the religious lessons that were offered in the vicinity of the Grand Mosque and Kaaba. Throughout its rich history, UQU College of Shari’a have been a home for several esteemed religious scholars and students from KSA, Arab World, Islamic countries, Europe and the USA.

Presently, the college makes strides to apply quality standards and acquire academic accreditation through its Shari’a program and other programs that are being designed.

I hope that our website helps fulfill the college mission and gives insight about its state of affairs. In conclusion, I pray to Allah, the Supreme-Answerer, to grant success to the college and everyone who has made an effort to contribute to its development and progress.

The U.S. is dedicated to their relationship with Saudi Arabia despite the nation’s history of harboring terrorists who hate and kill Americans.

The Trump administration had to deport 21 Saudi cadets last year following a mass shooting by another Saudi-radicalized Jihadi. The anti-American sleeper cells were receiving military training in the U.S. while supporting radical Islam and collecting child pornography:

Barr determined that the man who shot up the Naval Air Station last month was “motivated by Jihadist ideology.” He announced the findings at a press conference alongside FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

The Attorney General confirmed that the 21 cadets who were being deported back to Saudi Arabia had child pornography or Jihadist and anti-American material on their computers. None of the men apparently had foreknowledge of the shooting, however.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien said the shooting clearly “showed that there had been errors in the way that we vetted” the foreign cadets. He said that the action to boot the 21 cadets is being done to “protect our service men and women,” but the practice of training foreign cadets at the Pensacola facility is likely to continue.

The suspect for the terrorist shooting is 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, who served as a 2nd LT in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He allegedly murdered three U.S. sailors in cold blood and injured others before a sheriff’s deputy was finally able to intervene and kill the shooter before he could continue his rampage.

Alshamrani’s alleged case has caused many to question the “special relationship” between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which is an Islamic dictatorship that operates under strict Sharia law and has one of the worst human rights’ records of any country in the world.

The U.S. must cut off all financial and strategic ties with this Islamic despotism in order to protect national security interests and put America first.

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