David French is my reverse moral compass.— Richard ?? Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) June 6, 2019
What Would French Do or Say is a good way of recognizing what is utterly fake, stupid, and harmful.
What Would French *Not* Do Or Say is a good way of opening up space for serious thinking. https://t.co/7429MmZjy5
I was 20 years old when George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
I’m about to turn 39 years old in November. The U.S. military still cannot declare “Mission Accomplished” in this sinkhole. I don’t even remember when we went into Syria. I know it was during Obama’s second term and he put the idea before Congress which shot it down and we went in anyway.
“It appears the Trump administration is on the verge of an “agreement” with the Taliban that could represent the beginning of the end of America’s ground-troop presence in Afghanistan. Note well that I did not use the phrase that many in the media are using. I did not say that this agreement would “end America’s longest running war,” because it almost certainly will not. Instead, it will mark an American retreat in a war that will rage on for the foreseeable future, regardless of our wishful thinking.
America’s dilemma is simple: It’s facing a relentless political reality that is increasingly incompatible with its national-security needs. The American people want to end our long-standing wars and bring our troops home. But when and if we do retreat, our enemies rush to fill the vacuum, gaining prestige and restoring their strength.
The political reality is simple. Going into 2020, both major parties are likely to be united in their commitment to withdrawing from Afghanistan. The only question will be whether the desired withdrawal is total or leaves a very small residual “counterterrorism” force. The Trump administration is negotiating the current deal with the Taliban, and Trump has often expressed his desire to leave the Afghan war. Each of the leading Democratic candidates also wants out.
There’s a good chance that by next summer we’ll see substantial troop reductions, combined with competing vows to remove the remaining force as fast as possible. In other words, the American people are likely to get what they want. And that’s exactly what worries me. I fear that we’ve learned nothing from our nation’s misbegotten recent retreats. In our justified, virtuous, and completely understandable desire for peace, we’re forgetting that there can be no peace unless all sides stop their war. …”
Such is the burden of the American Empire.
Once we go into a place, we almost never go out. Nearly 75 years after World War II, American troops are still in Germany and Japan. 66 years later, American troops are still in South Korea. If we hadn’t been defeated in the Vietnam War, American troops would still be there too.
The current troubles the American Empire has with jihadists is no different than the troubles the British Empire had with the Mahdi and his followers in Sudan except that back then those people weren’t allowed to immigrate en masse to Britain itself. We wouldn’t have to “fight them over there” in order to avoid “fighting them here” if these people weren’t allowed to come here in the first place.
It is multiculturalism, political correctness, refugee resettlement and Third World immigration that has brought them here. All of these things have been maintained by mainstream conservatives who scream “racism” when challenged on it. George W. Bush made a point to insist during the “War on Terror” that the problem wasn’t Islam and no changes were made to our insane immigration laws. As for ISIS, it grew out of the dystopian hellhole that mainstream conservatives created in Iraq and Syria and had no presence in those countries until the neocons plotted the downfall of the authoritarian regimes there.
If we had dumped mainstream conservatism a generation ago, how many problems would we have avoided? It was Ronald Reagan who armed the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets when we were on the side of Osama bin Laden. We backed Saddam Hussein when he invaded Iran. George H.W. Bush turned against Saddam when he invaded Kuwait in order to protect Saudi Arabia and to assert American leadership in the New World Order. We devastated Iraq for a decade with missile strikes and economic sanctions before George W. Bush invaded the country in 2003.
Who created all of these failed states from Libya and Somalia in Africa to Syria, Iraq and Yemen in the Middle East to Afghanistan in Central Asia? It is the same people who now desperately want the American Empire to invade Iran to create the biggest disaster yet.
Listen to what David French says. Then do the opposite. You can’t go wrong.