October 22, 2019
So, we want to end wars.
But we also want to start them.
I’ll take it just as long as we can keep black unemployment low.
President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he is working to bring home American soldiers, while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.
“I’m trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“We’re better prepared than we’ve ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they’ll be hit like they’ve never been hit before. I mean, we have things that we’re looking at.”
The remarks from the president come as his administration confronts escalating tensions across the Middle East and navigates new troop movements in the region.
Trump in recent days has sought to promote a temporary cease-fire agreement Vice President Mike Pence negotiated last week with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, aimed at halting the slaughter of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria by Turkish forces.
Meanwhile, Trump’s directive to withdraw the last American service members from Syria has forced congressional lawmakers and Pentagon officials to reckon with the threat of a potential resurgence by Islamic State militants.
The more than 700 evacuated U.S. soldiers will be relocated to western Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday, although new mediareports indicate Trump is considering keeping a few hundred soldiers in northeastern Syria to counter advances by Syrian and Russian forces into the country’s lucrative oil fields.
Esper also announced earlier this month that the administration would be deploying another wave of troops to Saudi Arabia to help protect the kingdom from Iran’s regime, despite Trump’s campaign trail pledge to halt U.S. involvement in “endless wars.”
That more or less sums up the situation we’re in.
I don’t have ultra strong opinions on anything Trump says anymore, as none of it seems to mean anything. This goes for both the good and bad things he says, mind you. So him saying both that he’s ending wars and starting wars – neither of these claims means anything to me.
It’s all just a bunch of gibberish at this point. Maybe it is strategic gibberish, maybe he’s senile and vaguely being pulled in various different directions – who knows.
But, you know – it could all be a lot worse.
But is that really worse though?
Or would it perhaps be… majorly awesome?