The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes Back
- The bipartisan Republicrat Party attacks President Trump and votes for eternal war in Afghanistan and Syria.
- Personally I don't think the unconstitutional wars in Syria and Afghanistan are worth the life of a single American. Somehow those countries managed for 10,000 years without U.S. troops.
The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, voting to declare that the Islamic State's presence and activity in both countries continues to pose a serious threat to the United States.
The measure, presented as an amendment to a greater Middle East policy bill, is a striking reprimand of the president from a GOP that has become increasingly comfortable expressing its opposition to Trump's foreign policy through votes on the Senate floor.
That it was spearheaded by McConnell, R-Ky., who often waits to cross Trump until there is overwhelming momentum in his conference, indicates how deeply the president's announcements broke faith within the party. Republicans spent years accusing Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, of pursuing capricious troop withdrawals and have refused to defend Trump's efforts to do the same.
"I believe the threats remain. ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated, and American national security interests require continued commitment to our mission there" McConnell said after the 68 to 23 vote.
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Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler later became an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences.
kButler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor twice.