War on Terror

When It Comes to the Escalating War on Terror, Trump's SOTU Was Heavy on Bragging, Light on Details

The war will continue until further notice.


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Washington is escalating the global war on terror, expanding the U.S. military footprint across the Muslim world while ramping up military operations.

President Donald Trump boasted about some of this in his State of the Union address last night. He urged Congress to ensure that the military "continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists—wherever we chase them down," and he announced that he had signed an executive order keeping the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay open.

"Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement," Trump said of the country where the U.S. is now in its 18th year of war. "Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans."

Trump also touted progress against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying that "the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria and in other locations as well." Nonetheless, he quickly added, "there is much more work to be done. We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated."

In practice, the U.S is keeping thousands of troops in Iraq and Syria, the second IS in ISIS. The terror group, meanwhile, has spread to Libya—and Afghanistan.

Not long ago, the State of the Union was the place to announce the imminent defeat of "core" Al Qaeda or to boast that there were no Americans left fighting in Iraq. Today, American are fighting in Iraq again. The Pentagon has stopped offering details of troop deployment there or in Syria, for "tactical surprise"; the most recent report revealed 1,720 troops in Syria and nearly 9,000 in Iraq.

Trump has taken advantage of the bipartisan consensus that has coalesced over the last decade and a half on the war on terror. Congress, under both parties, has declined to assert its authority in making war.

Three successive administrations have ordered U.S. operations in Afghanistan and across the Muslim world under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which targeted the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks and "associated forces." The average ISIS fighter was about 8 years old on 9/11.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, suggested earlier this month that the U.S. military presence in Syria has to be open-ended to prevent a resurgence of ISIS. Congress never managed to hold a successful vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force for the campaign against the Islamic State, or for any military operation following the Second Iraq War.

In his State of the Union address, Trump called on Congress to end the so-called defense sequester, which modestly limited growth in military spending. The Republican majority is likely to give him this, and pretty much anything he asks for when it comes to the war on terror. What it won't give him is any oversight or pushback. The war on terror has no end in sight.

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  1. We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

    1. Well,our ‘enemies’ ban beer so they must die.

    2. Well, many Muslims want infidels like us dead, so….

      The real problem is that they will likely always want us dead and we create more radical fighter every time the USA blows up a loved one of theirs.

      Pull out, protect our sealanes, and track down and capture everyone who attacks America. Treat them as criminals and give them a trial.

      Putting the Nazis on trial really helped show how socialists are criminals. It took away their platform to hide their criminal nature and tyrannical murder.

      1. But if we treat terrorism as a criminal matter, as opposed to something to wage war against, how can we justify a worldwide military presence?

  2. and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.

    I assume their enemies include the press and the American people.

    1. Only the American people who want to bomb us in the name of Islam.

      1. So he’ll be telling the rest of us all about the number of troops and where and when they will be deployed?

  3. Remember when we were supposed to vote for Trump because he wasn’t going to invade the entire middle east like Clinton?

    1. No. I distinctly remember people describing Trump as a warmonger on par with the Hitler and being shouted down that it was really more of a wash.

    2. Let me know when that happens so I can share in the outrage.

    3. This is the media trying to take what Trump said and act like he is expanding war.

      Trump said that we would not tell our enemies our plans. That does not mean that we won’t withdraw, just that ISIS and Taliban won’t know when we are.

      Trump’s action speak louder than words and he has kept our involvement fairly stable. Some increases in troops but not an LBJ and Obama increase in troops.

      1. But whatever he does is the right thing. Right? It literally doesn’t matter if he nukes half the world, you will still defend him. So why are you even bothering talking?

  4. Did he brag about how he’s killed more civilians than Obama did in his entire presidency? He did specifically promise such during his campaign, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t mention it.

    1. He didn’t. Obama killed thousands of innocent civilians and even Americans.

      Obama and LBJ are our war presidents. Their entire presidency had the USA involved in war.

      1. If Hillary would have been elected, she would have made Obama look like a peacenick.

      2. But, but, but… BOOSH STARTED IT!

        1. You finally said something true.

      3. I take it W gets a pass for those first eight months?

      4. …. Obama and LBJ are our war presidents ….

        And Wilson and Roosevelt and Truman!

        Seems “democrats” have this fascist-Leftards’ fascination with killing people and breaking things.

        And – having long been the war profiteers and the military-industrial complex’s creators, owners, operators and controllers – of making lots of money in the process.

        1. You seem to be implying that entering WWII was a mistake, but invading Iraq either was cool or didn’t happen at all?

          1. For the Japanese and Germans, it certainly was a mistake. Both seem to have recovered quite well, though.

  5. …. With regard the “War on Terror,” President Trump’s State of the Union address was “heavy on bragging,” light on details ….

    A welcomed reminder that, in time of war, appropriately-employed propaganda keeps the enemy off balance. And that loose (and/or engaged in serial espionage and/or treasonous) lips still sink helicopters filled with Teams of Seals and burn down Beghazi “consulates.”

  6. All SOTU speeches are “light on details” fuckwit.

  7. Ed K, This was a SOTU address. If you want details, look elsewhere.

  8. Puting Nazi di pengadilan benar-benar membantu menunjukkan bagaimana sosialis adalah penjahat. Ini mengambil platform mereka untuk menyembunyikan sifat kriminal dan pembunuhan tirani mereka.

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