Charlotte, NC — “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”—America’s 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in his farewell address.
Americans have good reason to distrust President Joe Biden when he says U.S. troops with be withdrawn from Afghanistan by this fall, but even if the withdrawal occurs, will those troops come home or be sent to a new war?
Biden’s April 14 announcement was followed by his administration signaling potential conflict with Russia as his Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement on April 15 announcing sanctions based what the administration admits is weak intelligence regarding the charges it’s making against Russia.
“Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections,” Blinken stated. He said the Biden administration will be engaging in currency manipulation on the Russian ruble, an expansion of sovereign debt sanctions as well as “expelling 10 officials from Russia’s bilateral mission.”
And the evidence of the most significant charge, Russia targeting American soldiers, it’s only a “low” or “moderate” chance of being true. A senior administration official, after Blinken’s statement was released, said: “The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier.”
The moves indicating a desire of going to war with Russia by the Biden administration have been ongoing. Former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul wrote earlier in April about Biden urging conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
For soldiers, the idea of yet another unwise, undeclared, political war wouldn’t be a surprise including to retired Army Ranger Master Sgt. Jariko Denman who said “there’ll be another war along shortly.”
Denman was one of five veterans of the war in Afghanistan who spoke with Coffee or Die Magazine. The vets were discussing their thoughts on the plans for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and each one said its long past time to end the two decades long war.
Denman said: “I absolutely think leaving is the right move. I think we should have handed the keys to the yard to the Northern Alliance after we ‘won’ with them back in 2001 and kept the Taliban and [al Qaeda] at bay with intel and bombs.”
However, the political class has given plenty of reason to believe the troops won’t be coming home as planned under Biden’s announcement. Biden’s withdrawal date of Sept. 11 is months later than the proposed withdrawal of May 1 made by his predecessor, President Donald Trump.
Regardless, Staff Sgt. Evan McAllister told Coffee or Die the war needs to end “immediately,” and on the announcement he said: “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
“My apprehension regarding this announcement is largely based on the fact that the same people making this withdrawal declaration are the same people who lied us into a war in Iraq, obliterated Libya for no reason, fueled a civil war in Syria, and committed forces in Afghanistan for 20 years,” McAllister said. “Trump’s instincts were correct and he should have ordered a full withdrawal during his tenure.”
McAllister added: “I don’t care who gets credit for it, I just want to see Americans stop dying there for no justification or gain.”
After Biden’s announcement, his press secretary Jen Psaki already hinted troops will remain in Afghanistan. When asked if special operations troops will stay in Afghanistan, Psaki said: “We will have what is needed to secure a diplomatic presence, and those assessments will be made over the coming months and obviously led by the Defense Department and State Department in coordination.”
Will the longest American War ever end? I agree with McAllister. I too will believe it when I see it. And will there be a new war to either replace or add to Afghanistan? Denman was absolutely correct. It’s inevitable. The military-industrial complex requires it.
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