8/30/19 Danny Sjursen on the Hidden Cost of America’s Endless Wars and How Trump Could End Them

Danny Sjursen explains why staying in Afghanistan, even indefinitely, won’t make any difference in its eventual outcome. Right now the U.S. military is only enforcing the Kabul government’s grip on a small part of the country, and if they leave, either the Taliban will take over the country, or Kabul will hang on to an even smaller sliver. These are the two possible outcomes, says Sjursen, and it doesn’t make a difference if America withdraws today, next year, or in another twenty years. The only difference is how much money our government wastes and how many Americans we have to bury. Elsewhere, Scott and Sjursen also counsel bringing our military home, promoting free trade, and allowing governments that are more directly concerned with problems like terrorism and dictators to take the lead in solving them, instead of thinking that the United States has to be the world’s police force.

Discussed on the show:

  • “We’re Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria” (Antiwar.com Original)
  • “General Says It’s Too Early for Pullout as Taliban Signals Agreement Is Near” (National Review)
  • “Jim Mattis: Duty, Democracy and the Threat of Tribalism” (WSJ)
  • “The U.S. Abandoned Iraq. Don’t Repeat History in Afghanistan” (WSJ)
  • “The Destruction of Islamic State is a Strategic Mistake” (BESA Center)
  • “The Master of Spin Boldak” (Harper’s Magazine)

Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. army major and former history instructor at West Point. He writes regularly for TomDispatch.com and he’s the author of “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet.

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