When Obama was elected he inherited two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, there were others but those two are the longest running we have….in 2016 when Trump was elected president he inherited two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq….yep same two wars.
Maybe he could actually try and do something constructive about these two…..my guess is that he will do what the other one did….escalate and nothing…..
But let’s look at the longest war in American history…other than the War on Drugs….Afghanistan…..and possibly answer one important question….To What End?
Do you remember that war we launched in response to the September 11 attacks more than 15 years ago? You would be forgiven for assuming that the United States has long closed the chapter on Afghanistan, the longest military campaign in the country’s history. Outside of an opening question by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), Secretary of Defense-designate James Mattis was not asked about Afghanistan during his three-hour confirmation hearing—a vivid illustration that most of Congress have moved on from the issue.
The war in Afghanistan is not only still going on; it is going strong. Former President Barack Obama increased U.S. military involvement in the war during his final year in office. The Afghan security forces—designed to be America’s ticket out of the war—are performing valiantly, but are taking so many casualties from the Taliban that Washington has had to slow down the pace of American withdrawals. Indeed, when the next administration is fully in place, it will inherit a war that the American people have all but forgotten—but that U.S. soldiers on the ground and pilots in the air are still very much involved in.
Then there is America’s second longest war….Iraq…..
Last week, President Trump ordered his national security team to undertake a 30-day review of the nation’s strategy to combat ISIS.[i] However, in just the 11 days since he took office, Trump has already jeopardized the hard-earned gains of the last two years against ISIS in what has been the central theater of the campaign: Iraq.
Last week, the new Commander-in-Chief doubled down on his campaign riff that America should have “taken Iraq’s oil” – this time while standing in front of a wall of fallen CIA officers, idly musing “maybe you’ll have another chance.” Then on Friday, he banned nationals from the seven countries, including Iraq, from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Yesterday, Iraqi’s Parliament responded in kind – voting to block U.S. citizens from entering Iraq.
our president has made several statements about the situation in Iraq….one was that we should just take their oil and the other was to keep Iraqis from our shores…..he has made others but those two made the most stir.
Now that he is in the Big Chair maybe it would be a good idea to know something more about these countries than their names…