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South Bend Mayor and Possible Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Decries "Endless War"

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a veteran, believes that military intervention should be a last resort.

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Screenshot via YouTube/CBS News

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is no fan of perpetual war.

Buttigieg, who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan, announced the formation of an exploratory committee for the upcoming presidential election just last week. Since that time, he has made a number of media appearances to explain his policy beliefs, including a Thursday appearance at CBS News. It was here that he shared his belief that "endless war cannot continue."

"We're on an authorization that was passed in 2001. There are people enlisting right now who weren't alive for that," he said, responding to a question about President Donald Trump's desire to pull American troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Buttigieg listed some conditions for leaving Afghanistan, which included conversations with America's enemies to devise a peace plan and obtain assurances to keep the country from turning into a failed state. Buttigieg finished his thoughts by saying, "Afghanistan's not going to look like Switzerland and that's okay." For Buttigieg, the purpose of American intervention was not to establish a Western democracy, but to make sure events within the country did not harm American lives.

Speaking of both American intervention in the Middle East as well as rumors of an intervention in Venezuela, Buttigieg decried the misuse of military resources. "We don't send troops somewhere because we don't like the regime," he said. "We send troops somewhere because it is the last resort to protect American lives." Buttigieg opined that foreign policy mistakes made at the beginning of the century were the result of taking "eyes off that standard."

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21 responses to “South Bend Mayor and Possible Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Decries "Endless War"

  1. “Buttigieg listed some conditions for leaving Afghanistan, which included conversations with America’s enemies to devise a peace plan and obtain assurances to keep the country from turning into a failed state.”

    You might want to change your headline, because he’s pretty clearly endorsing perpetual war here. “Orange man bad” is about the only policy position any Democrat, besides Tulsi Gabbard, has on foreign policy nowadays.

    1. “I don’t support the endless War in Afghanistan, I just think that we need to secure impossible assurances before we leave.”

      1. Yea, pretty sure he actually just endorsed endless war

  2. All right, knuckleheads, get it out of your system. Yes, he has a funny name.

    1. He also looks like Charlie McCarthy (sans monocle).

      1. Look more like Jimmy Fallon’s little brother.

    2. He should change it to Palin’s Buttigieg.

  3. At this rate, Trump will get even more Electoral Votes than he did against Hillary 306-232.

  4. Buttigieg listed some conditions for leaving Afghanistan, which included conversations with America’s enemies to devise a peace plan and obtain assurances to keep the country from turning into a failed state”

    Why should we care if becomes a failed state, Afghanistan was a failed state since the begining of time. It is not our responsibility to see them or anyone else succeed at anything and its ideas like that that keep us involved where we don’t need to be.

  5. Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Afghanistan

    The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a rebuke of President Trump’s rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, voting to declare that the Islamic State’s continued operations in both countries poses a serious threat to the United States.

  6. South Bend Mayor and Possible Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Decries “Endless War”

    In German, I think “Buttkrieg” is supposed to mean “endless ass-war”.

  7. The only way to end a war is to defeat the other person. If we stop fighting them over there, we’ll be fighting them over here…

    1. “If we stop fighting them over there, we’ll be fighting them over here..”

      Really? How would they do that exactly? Do they have the manpower to successfully lanch a full scale attack on these shores?

      Do they have a navy or air force to bring them here?

      What kind of logistical support do they have to maintain a protracted war?

      Asking for a friend.

      1. It’s not a threat, it’s an announcement of intent.

        If we don’t vote the socialists into office, they’ll open the borders and corrode self-defense rights so that the war can come here.

  8. How in the hell did the Navy deploy their ships into Afghanistan?

    1. Shh, the helicarriers are still classified.

    2. Naval intelligence, he had a small part in managing the fuckup that is Afghanistan.

  9. Before I hear about any peace plans from Buttigieg, I’m going to need him to address the fact that South Bend is more of a war zone than it was before he took office.

  10. “…Buttigieg opined that foreign policy mistakes made at the beginning of the century were the result of taking “eyes off that standard.””

    Beginning of the last century, also.

  11. Buttsky is famous in South Bend for his veto of a zoning request of a pro life group to locate next to a Planned Parenthood abortion mill. So you can list his objection to free speech and his endorsement of infanticide to his democrat bona fides.

  12. Yes, but does he know where Aleppo is? If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that this is the most important question.

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