Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford Insubordinate on Afghanistan

by | May 8, 2019

Today Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford directly contradicted the policy of his commander in chief, the civilian, elected president of the United States, who is pursuing direct talks with the Taliban toward ending America’s role in the Afghan war and the removal of all U.S. forces from that unfortunate land.

Dunford told Congress, “I think we will need to maintain a counterterrorism presence as long as an insurgency continues in Afghanistan.”

This is another Truman fires MacArthur moment, and one that Trump will surely let slide, just as he did when CENTCOM commander Votel pulled the same stunt two months ago. What the hell does the pathetic old dog Donald Trump really care anyway? He doesn’t. And he’s got no more spine than his predecessor-nemesis, Gen. Petraeus’s pet president, Barack Obama.

And what a lousy bullshit artist Dunford is. As long as there’s an insurgency the U.S. needs counter-terrorism forces there, huh? Yeah.

In other words, as long as the Taliban have not disarmed and surrendered to the National Unity Government in Kabul, they are “terrorists,” who must be destroyed.

See ya in 20 years.

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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