Mr. Trump on Afghanistan: More of the Same; No End in Sight – The New York Times

“If there is a compelling case to be made for deepening the United States military involvement in Afghanistan, where the 16-year-old war has already lasted longer than any other in American history, President Trump did not make it in his speech Monday night.

Rather than the comprehensive strategy that is called for, his plan amounted to a jumble of ideas that lacked detail and coherence and were often contradictory. Having spent years criticizing America’s involvement in Afghanistan, he now appears inclined toward an open-ended commitment, but with no real ways to measure success and no hint of a timetable for withdrawal.”

I saw no reason to post this editorial, until I came across the following comment, which enjoyed and approved.


Altadena, CA 21 hours ago

On the day after Trump’s announcement of escalation in Afghanistan, the stock market is up 185 points. That is obscene.

War-profiteering used to be illegal, but now it is the order of the day, even when the cost of all these profits is wasted American lives.

Want to end wars fought by the United States? Have some new rules:

1. Declared wars only. No declaration of war, no fighting.

2. An automatic draft in wartime, with the children of the wealthiest Americans drafted first, and only to combat units.

3. All declared wars will be paid exclusively through increases in corporate taxes.

Put those three rules into effect, and we would by God be the most peaceful country on the planet.