The Anti-Benghazi!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
To those many millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and who don’t want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is your time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
In spite of what you heard about an “America First” foreign policy, there are now more American troops in the Middle East in 2020 than when Donald Trump became president in 2017.
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging that Iran was “fully responsible” for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next several days.
No U.S. casualties or evacuations were reported after the attack Tuesday by dozens of Iran-supported militiamen. U.S. Marines were sent from Kuwait to reinforce the compound.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday night that “in response to recent events” in Iraq, and at Trump’s direction, he authorized the immediate deployment of the infantry battalion from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He did not specify the soldiers’ destination, but a U.S. official familiar with the decision said they will go to Kuwait. …”
It is true that defending the embassy can be justified.
It is true that Trump hasn’t started a new war yet on his watch.
It is true that Trump has reduced our military footprint in Syria.
It is also true that the war in Afghanistan seems to be winding down and Trump has been negotiating with the Taliban to withdraw American troops.
It is true that the alternative to Trump is likely worse and that we would still be in Syria under Hillary Clinton.
All these things are true and yet it is also true that President Trump has not been a meaningful departure from the American Empire which he has preserved and rearmed. There hasn’t been any retreat from the burden of our enormous military footprint abroad as the latest fiasco in Iraq so clearly demonstrates. The last few months have shown how much easier it is to pass ever larger military budgets and send more troops overseas than to bring them home. It is far easier for the two parties to get that done than to pass a trillion dollar domestic infrastructure bill.