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President Trump seeks a further withdrawal of troops from the Middle East in the immediate future.
Despite pushback from the Military Industrial Complex, Trump remains steadfast in ending the endless wars.
AP: Trump administration expected to cut number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by Jan. 15, a U.S. official said Monday
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) November 16, 2020
.@barbarastarrcnn: "US military commanders are anticipating that a formal order will be given by President Trump as soon as this week to begin a further withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq before Trump leaves office on January 20th…
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 16, 2020
As usual, the warmongers insist that leaving these countries too soon would be ‘high risk.’
BREAKING: NATO chief warns price of leaving Afghanistan too soon "could be very high" as U.S. ponders troop withdrawal. https://t.co/eHbDH8TPHC
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 17, 2020
From the Associated Press:
NATO could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, its chief warned Tuesday after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in the coming weeks.
NATO has fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of nations in Afghanistan helping to train and advise the country’s national security forces. More than half are not U.S. troops, but the 30-nation alliance relies heavily on the United States for transport, air support, logistics and other assistance. It’s unlikely that NATO could even wind down its operation without U.S. help.
“We now face a difficult decision. We have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, and no NATO ally wants to stay any longer than necessary. But at the same time, the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement Tuesday.
The article continues to state:
The U.S. decision comes just days after Trump installed a new slate of loyalists in top Pentagon positions who share his frustration with the continued troop presence in war zones. The expected plans would cut U.S. troop numbers almost in half by Jan. 15, leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
U.S. officials said military leaders were told over the weekend about the planned withdrawal and that an executive order is in the works but has not yet been delivered to commanders.
NATO took charge of the international security effort in Afghanistan in 2003, two years after a U.S-led coalition ousted the Taliban for harboring former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. In 2014, it began to train and advise Afghan security forces, but has gradually pulled troops out in line with a U.S.-brokered peace deal.
Stoltenberg said that “even with further U.S. reductions, NATO will continue its mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. We are also committed to funding them through 2024.”
After nearly two decades of bloodshed, NATO insists to remain in these war-torn countries.
What has that gotten us?
Innocent civilians killed.
U.S. military personnel mortally wounded.
Billions of wasted taxpayer dollars.
Enough is enough and it’s long past time to end the perpetual wars.
Recently, Trump shook things up in the Pentagon by appointing officials who aligned with his belief of troop withdrawals.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller made a strong statement to finally end the endless wars.
From the Libertarian Institute:
President Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller sent a memo to his Pentagon staff that signals he could have been appointed to carry out troop withdrawals in places like Afghanistan or Iraq.
In the memo, dated November 13th, Miller addresses his staff for the first time and makes a strong statement against “perpetual war.”
“We are not a people of perpetual war—it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end,” the memo reads. “Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now, it’s time to come home.”
Miller also sent this memo to the Department of Defense November 16th:
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller outlines goals for the Pentagon in brief evening memo: pic.twitter.com/QaFY0TT6Df
— Amanda Macias (@amanda_m_macias) November 17, 2020