- Jul 19, 2012
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- Political Leaning
During his second term, President Obama pledged to take the country off what he called a permanent war footing. … U.S. military forces have been at war for all eight years of Obama’s tenure, the first two-term president with that distinction. He launched airstrikes or military raids in at least seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.”
And all of this didn't sit well with Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, so news reports about those conflicts were muted. People forgot we are still in a war.
Now, all of a sudden, the public wakes up to the fact that we've still got troops in conflicts over there because Trump decided to take some of them out. And you have Rachel Maddow, who has many many times criticized presidents for getting the US involved in unauthorized military actions complaining because Trump is pulling troops out of an unauthorized military action. Oh well, no principle is too sacred to miss a chance to bash Trump, I guess.
But Trump made it very clear during the campaign that he's skeptical of the idea that the US is the world's policeman. He said that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. So this is just another case of a president, incredibly, doing what he said he was going to do.
In the meantime, Congress has abandoned its role in war making. The US is involved in all these other conflicts left over from previous presidents. It is perhaps time to re-assess these as well.