President Trump, America loves you, and we respect you.
So when you tell our Generals that we're not winning in Afghanistan, we firmly support you and agree it's not a winning fight.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">JUST IN: Pres. Trump on Afghan War: "I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years." <a href="https://t.co/GgPnq7GKlf">https://t.co/GgPnq7GKlf</a></p>— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/887358268464480256">July 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Before others get riled up here, I'm not saying that we're being defeated, but we certainly aren't winning.
President Obama and President Bush both failed not only the men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan, but they failed to recognize the importance of sacrifices that were made and how those losses did not benefit America.
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The simply didn't cause us to be any safer, as the threat of Terror still looms from radical Islamic Terrorists across the globe.
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The war on terror in itself is an endless war, with over 2.4 trillion dollars being spent as of the last published numbers at the beginning of the year.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">US bombed a girl's school in Kunduz, Afghanistan today. <a href="https://t.co/a8pgjMyVgx">pic.twitter.com/a8pgjMyVgx</a></p>— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) <a href="https://twitter.com/cjwerleman/status/886268855500234752">July 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
As of October 18th, 2016, there have been a whopping 2,386 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,834 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. 20,049 American service members have also been wounded in action during the war. In addition, there were 1,173 U.S. civilian contractor fatalities.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Something to remember this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MemorialDay?src=hash">#MemorialDay</a>: Americans are still fighting and dying in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afghanistan?src=hash">#Afghanistan</a> War. No end in sight. <a href="https://t.co/aekNtHVqYA">https://t.co/aekNtHVqYA</a></p>— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) <a href="https://twitter.com/DefenseBaron/status/869178377005133825">May 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The costs are far too high, and President Trump knows and recognizes this. We're fighting a proxy war, with a variety of Islamic nations endlessly financing the opposition, in order to benefit their economies and ideological differences in the region.
There are a multitude of endless factions supplying arms and insurgents to continue the battle forever. As soon as you take out a hundred opposition fighters, two hundred more then replace those enemies. It's a quagmire, pure and simple.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan are at levels not seen since Obama troop surge <a href="https://t.co/1hj1Ysonem">https://t.co/1hj1Ysonem</a></p>— Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tmgneff/status/887029367938969600">July 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Just this past Wednesday two more American troops were killed in Afghanistan. The Taliban (yes in 2017 nearly seventeen years after the United States invaded the Taliban still exists), claimed responsibility for the deaths.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pentagon confirms deaths of at least two US soldiers in suicide attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar <a href="https://t.co/7zcoUEc5lG">https://t.co/7zcoUEc5lG</a> <a href="https://t.co/KJYJU0MG5S">pic.twitter.com/KJYJU0MG5S</a></p>— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJENews/status/892814782931316745">August 2, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The Deep State, the intelligence communities which include the CIA and other international agencies, want the wars to continue forever, pure and simple. In fact they'd like to see other parts of the Middle East break out into large scale wars, such as Syria and Iran.
This is not a fantasy, or a myth, these are American lives being lost and American taxpayer dollars being wasted. At some point America has to ask themselves what for? Why are we doing this? We are not the world's police or their hired guns.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Afghan war cost about $4,000,000(that's million)per HOUR<br>US has spent the over $700 billion in 16 yrs of war<br>Not to mention the human toll</p>— baffled (@farrellbruce2) <a href="https://twitter.com/farrellbruce2/status/875109229685854210">June 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The Deep State, which most don't understand isn't simply an American entity, but a group of international interests, with billionaire bankers and trillionaire mastermind financiers controlling those agencies, a la the Rothschilds, the Soros’, the essential playmakers of the globe; intend to continue such battles forever for a multitude of reasons.
For starters, when the world is in conflict and war is forever, they can then speculate on international markets and continue to profit numbers that are in the trillions of dollar ranges.
Many of these individuals you won't find on the Forbes richest lists, or they simply hide their true net worth entirely, because they control the money and the central banks of nearly every sovereign nation on the planet.
They have economic interests and shares of every major corporation across the globe, which also profits from the increased ammunition and arms sales to continue to fight the wars.
Those same people then profit from the mineral exploitation that occurs in war torn regions, literally pillaging the land of all it's value.
Many of those same regions essentially are soaked in the blood of the native peoples while the current population is starving, and those bankers and puppeteers are living such extravagant lives that even the most futuristic science fiction film wouldn't be able to accurately define their lavish culture.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">52,000 - the number of people in US dying from heroin each year - up X 3 since US regime attacked Afghanistan <a href="https://t.co/Xu3Yo72C70">pic.twitter.com/Xu3Yo72C70</a></p>— WowWow (@wowscasino) <a href="https://twitter.com/wowscasino/status/892523860255440898">August 1, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Afghanistan is also the world's leading opium supplier, which has lush and vibrant opium poppy fields which take in hundreds of billions of dollars. None of those dollars are being used to fund the war either, not a dime.
The Deep State, in itself, takes much of this opium poppy, and in turn assists in the transport of the illegal narcotics that are made from the plant being transported across the planet.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade <a href="https://t.co/nwfihh4qBj">https://t.co/nwfihh4qBj</a> <a href="https://t.co/r59xnA6ePy">pic.twitter.com/r59xnA6ePy</a></p>— wake up (@corruptplanet) <a href="https://twitter.com/corruptplanet/status/887182837958553600">July 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Whether or not the CIA in itself directly ships these drugs, such as heroin, around the world remains to be seen. There have been a multitude of instances where CIA planes have been brought down with cocaine on them for example, which similarly would be a suggestion of those who blame the intelligence community for the transport of these drugs.
What's certain is that Afghanistan’s opium poppy is responsible for more than 90% of the world's heroin. This is just a fact. Why on Earth are Americans dying every day from a Heroin epidemic when the Heroin originates in a country that the United States has control over via military occupation? Let that sink in.
Afghanistan has roughly 500,000 acres, or about 780 square miles, devoted to growing opium poppy. That's equivalent to more than 400,000 U.S. football fields — including the end zones," John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in 2015.
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Now here's the real shocker that Americans don't know, and many will argue with you over when you tell them the unpopular truth. The Taliban actually tried to eliminate all of the opium poppy in Afghanistan.
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Opium hasn't always blossomed this freely in Afghanistan. Before being ousted by the United States, the Taliban banned opium in 2000, arguing that growing drugs was anti-Islamic.
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Opium dropped dramatically in the coming year, stunning the international community and instead the Taliban gave farmers cash to grow food crops and other streams of income instead of the dangerous opium. That's right, the Taliban were the good guys.
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Not that anyone's blaming the United States armed forces, who are merely following orders, but they're often times protecting the opium poppy fields.
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No, I didn't make a typo, they're protecting the opium poppy fields or the Afghan warlords who nearly enslave their own people in order to maintain the growth of these highly profitable plants.
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Why wouldn't the United States simply burn them all down completely? The heroin is killing Americans back home at a rate higher than the war itself is. Another masterful thought for you to ponder upon as we shift gears here.
Moving along, America has seemingly been in endless wars forever now, and Afghanistan is the longest of them all. When will America stop fighting these wars without merit? What are we fighting for in Afghanistan now?
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Quite frankly, Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. He's allegedly the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks which brought us into foreign soil to begin with, so why are we still there?
Not to mention the fact that he was actually a Saudi to begin with, but that's seemingly been long since forgotten after the nearly two decades of fighting. Many Americans feel this way, but most dare not speak out for the fears of being shunned for questioning the military.
That has to change. Voices have to be raised, and President Trump is beginning to tear down that barrier which prevented such criticism.
<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-says-u-s-losing-afghan-war-tense-meeting-generals-n789006">NBC Reported</a>
<i>“President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.”</i>
<i>“During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.”</i>
<i>“Over nearly two hours in the situation room, according to the officials, Trump complained about NATO allies, inquired about the United States getting a piece of Afghan’s mineral wealth and repeatedly said the top U.S. general there should be fired. He also startled the room with a story that seemed to compare their advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony New York restaurateur profits by offering bad advice.”</i>
<i>“Trump is the third president to grapple with the war in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, two American troops were killed in Afghanistan when a convoy they were in came under attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.”</i>
<i>“Trump's national security team has been trying for months to come up with a new strategy he can approve. Those advisers are set to meet again to discuss the issue on Thursday at the White House. The president is not currently scheduled to attend the meeting, though one official said that could change.”</i>
<i>“Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush went through multiple strategies over the course of their presidencies to try to stabilize Afghanistan. What set Trump apart in the July meeting was his open questioning of the quality of the advice he was receiving.”</i>
<i>“During the meeting, Trump criticized his military advisers seated around the table in the White House Situation Room for what he said was a losing U.S. position in the war, according to the senior administration officials. At one point the president directed his frustration at Mattis, saying Trump had given the military authority months ago to make advances in Afghanistan and yet the U.S. was continuing to lose ground, the officials said.”</i>
<i>“"We aren't winning," Trump complained, according to these officials. "We are losing."”</i>
<i>“One official said Trump pointed to maps showing the Taliban gaining ground, and that Mattis responded to the president by saying the U.S. is losing because it doesn't have the strategy it needs.”</i>
<i>“The White House declined to comment on internal deliberations.”</i>
<i>“"The president's national security team is developing a comprehensive, integrated strategy for South Asia that utilizes all aspects of our national power to address this complex region," said Michael Anton, spokesman for the National Security Council. "That strategy has been worked carefully in the interagency process and while no decision has been made the president's team continues to develop options for him that address threats and opportunities to America arising from this vital region."”</i>
<i>“Told that Trump was considering firing Gen. Nicholson, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, "I can't think of a good reason to fire the general. I think he's done an admirable job."”</i>
<i>“"If the president doesn't listen to the generals, like Gen. Nicholson and he goes down the road that President Obama went, Afghanistan is going to collapse," Graham said. "Here's my advice to the president — listen to people like Gen. Nicholson and McMaster and others who have been in the fight."”</i>
<i>“The president's advisers went into the mid-July meeting hoping he would sign off on an Afghanistan strategy after months of delays, officials said. One official said the president's team has coalesced around a strategy, though it had presented him with other options as well such as complete withdrawal.”</i>
<i>“Trump, however, appeared to have been significantly influenced by a meeting he'd recently had with a group of veterans of the Afghanistan war, and he was unhappy with the options presented to him.”</i>
<i>“Trump vented to his national security team that the veterans told him forces from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have not been helpful, and he lamented that China is making money off of Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion in rare minerals while American troops are fighting the war, officials said. Trump expressed frustration that his advisers tasked with figuring out how the U.S. can help American businesses get rights to those minerals were moving too slowly, one official said.”</i>
<i>“China purchased mineral rights in Afghanistan a decade ago, an investment the U.S. supported at the time. Beijing has since had teams mining copper outside of Kabul.”</i>
<i>“The focus on the minerals was reminiscent of Trump's comments early into his presidency when he lamented that the U.S. didn't take Iraq's oil when the majority of forces departed the country in 2011.”</i>
<i>“To underscore his view that the veterans who fought in the war may be better positioned to advise him on an Afghanistan strategy, Trump compared the policy review process to the renovation of a famed New York restaurant in the 1980s, officials said.”</i>
<i>“Trump told his advisers that the restaurant, Manhattan's elite '21' Club, had shut its doors for a year and hired an expensive consultant to craft a plan for a renovation. After a year, Trump said, the consultant's only suggestion was that the restaurant needed a bigger kitchen.”</i>
<i>“Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant's waiters instead might have yielded a better result. He also said the tendency is to assume if someone isn't a three-star general he doesn't know what he's talking about, and that in his own experience in business talking to low-ranking workers has gotten him better outcomes.”</i>
<i>“The '21' Club, which has been one of Trump's favorite New York spots, closed for two months in 1987 while it underwent a full renovation and reopened to great fanfare.”</i>
<i>“One senior administration official said the president mentioned the restaurant in an attempt to convey to his advisers that sometimes the best advice comes from those working day-to-day in a place, rather than those who are farther removed.”</i>
<i>“"The clear message if you heard the story was: high-priced consultants or high-priced anybody, expensive supposedly-big-brained people, but who are physically far from the source of the problem, often give you much worse advice than the supposedly low-ranking guys who are right there," the official said.”</i>
Now take that piece from NBC any way you want, and realize they clearly have an agenda when they write but that doesn't take away from President Trump's feelings here that America isn't winning the war
, which in fact, we're not.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trillions of $ Spent in Afghanistan<br>Nearly 2 Decades<br>Thousands Of Dead Americans<br>Millions of Civilians<br>What should President Trump do?</p>— Red Pill (@IWillRedPillYou) <a href="https://twitter.com/IWillRedPillYou/status/893040793761570817">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
America may not be losing either, but the facts still remain that were losing and having to regain the same territories over and over, were spending trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives lost, over a million civilians, and the War on Terror hasn't accomplished anything in the way of defeating Radical Islamic Extremism as an ideology.
You have neoconservative Senators like McCain and Graham who will endlessly push for more troops and more funding for the war with zero end in sight, because they serve those same interests which I mentioned earlier.
President Trump is also correct, that clearly the leadership of some Generals has been a massive failure. If it were a victory, the war would be over.
Regardless of how you look at it, that's just the unpopular and inconvenient truth.
<strong><span style="color:red;">Mr. President, come to a conclusion, and whether that conclusion means dropping nuclear weapons and finally ending the war that way, or bringing our troops home, then we the people will stand with you in whichever decision you make, as long as in the end you “Bring Our Troops Home” safe and secure.</span></strong>
Ah the hiroshima option, murder untold innocents along with the guilty, oh hang on Trump wants access to all the minerals, he wont care about deaths as long as he gets rich. As regards military strategy, I'm not going to listen to a 5 time coward over that of someone who's been to war.