State of the Union

Trump Brags About Killing Terrorists While Promising He's Working Toward Peace at State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump's schizophrenic approach to foreign policy was on full display during his State of the Union address tonight.

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President Donald Trump's schizophrenic approach to foreign policy was on full display during his State of the Union address tonight. He expressed a desire to bring American troops home while also touting aggressive actions he'd taken against Iran, as well as his administration's continued commitment to the war in Afghanistan.

That includes his drone striking slaying of Qassem Soleimani, a high-ranking Iranian general, in Iraq.

"Soleimani was the Iranian Regime's most ruthless butcher, a monster who murdered or wounded thousands of American service members in Iraq," said Trump tonight before Congress. "At my direction, the United States military executed a flawless precision strike that killed Soleimani and terminated his evil reign of terror forever."

When Trump came into office, he inherited a relationship with Iran on the mend. He subsequently tore up the nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, reapplied sanctions to the country, and sent more troops to the region to counter the country's influence.

His killing of Soleimani saw Iran respond with missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and piqued fears that a wider conflict would break out.

And yet, said Trump, "as we defend American lives, we are working to end America's wars in the Middle East."

That includes the war in Afghanistan, where the president noted peace talks were underway.

"I am not looking to kill hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan, many of them innocent. It is also not our function to serve other nations as a law enforcement agency," said Trump. "We are working to finally end America's longest war and bring our troops back home!"

However hard he might be working to end that war, Trump has also increased the U.S. presence there.

Some 4,000 U.S. military personnel were stationed in Afghanistan at the beginning of Trump's first term. Today there are some 12,500 in the country fighting a war that U.S. defense officials have considered unwinnable for over a decade.

One of the invited guests at tonight's speech was Amy Williams, whose husband was currently stationed in Afghanistan.

"Amy's kids have not seen their father's face in many months. Amy, your family's sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and peace," said Trump. He then surprised her by bringing out her husband, who had come home from Afghanistan.

It was a heartwarming moment. And yet, while Trump was willing to acknowledge her family's sacrifice and bring this particular soldier home, he has so far proven resistant to taking the steps necessary to actually end U.S. interventions abroad.

That makes the anti-war lines he dropped tonight ring as hollow as so many other State of the Union promises.

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  1. Things would be more peaceful with fewer terrorists.

    1. Not true. We should cherish all human life. With terrorists, you gotta, like, you know… Talk to them. Maybe have coffee. Or do like an Obama beer summit. Then give them a bunch of sex slaves and tell them they should be cool. Show them Davey and Goliath or have them read Goofus and Gallant from the Highlights magazine.

  2. Long past time revisited the War Powers Act and reign in the some of the Constitutional powers they have ceded to the Executive.

    “The Congress shall have power …

    To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

    To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”

    See that part where it says “offenses against the Law of Nations” … that covers modern day terrorism. The President has no Constitutional authority to launch overseas strikes against terrorist groups without specific authorization of Congress.

    1. Certainly – And Trump has already stated he will sign the repeal of the AUMF act that started the whole mess of Presidential Warfare.

  3. Yeah because killing terrorists while working towards peaceful goals (where possible) are just, like, totally mutually exclusive, man

    1. You beat me to it. It’s like saying arresting murderers and criminal justice reform are mutually exclusive.

  4. A good way to prove you’re a moron with no understanding of foreign affairs or physics, and whose opinion is less than worthless, is to call such an approach schizophrenic.

  5. As a Koch / Reason libertarian, I tend to focus on Drumpf’s disastrous domestic policies. But his foreign policy has been abysmal as well:

    He abandoned the Kurds and is therefore responsible for their genocide. (It happened. Look it up.)
    He killed the leader of ISIS without informing Pelosi beforehand.
    He literally started World War 3 in Iran to distract from impeachment.

    A record this terrible cannot be explained by mere incompetence. Drumpf is clearly taking orders from Putin.

    #ImpeachAndRemove

  6. When Trump came into office, he inherited a relationship with Iran on the mend. He subsequently tore up the nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, reapplied sanctions to the country, and sent more troops to the region to counter the country’s influence.

    His killing of Soleimani saw Iran respond with missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and piqued fears that a wider conflict would break out.

    Leave the parody to OBL.

    1. Yeah relationship on the mend my ass.

  7. I see no contradiction at all between working for peace and killing terrorists. They are one in the same. Terrorists are the primary obstacle to peace.

  8. And police never shoot at criminals while asking them to put their guns down. Reason writers are really stupid or just have tds

  9. Yeah, on the mend, like the relationship the UK had with Germany after the Munich Agreement.

  10. What does targeted assasination have to do with war.
    So dishonest.

  11. Trump Brags About Killing Terrorists While Promising He’s Working Toward Peace at State of the Union Address

    Details, details…

    1. This is only acontradictory statement to those with a simplistic view of the world.

  12. Give me a F*#&ng break Christian Britschgi! Trump’s done more to unwind our national interference than ANY President in the last 100 years. Where have you been???

  13. Gotta love how it lists headlines from this writer under the article…we should play a game with them sometime

    1/29/20
    “will john Bolton get to testify against trump? All signs point to yes”

    Should have read

    “will john Bolton get to testify against trump? All signs point to yes…unless Schiffty and the cheeseburger guy from the Popeye cartoons say a bunch of dumb shit and piss off Murkowski”

    1. “”All signs point to yes”””

      In all fairness, that was as accurate as any other answer I got from the magic eight ball.

  14. Obama starting multiple wars = Peace prize!
    Trump killing terrorist = Peace prize?
    We will have to wait and see.

    1. Trump killing terrorist = “He’s a white supremacist racist in dire need of impeachment”, screams the [D] team. I swear anyone still registering to be a Democrats must have major issues going on in their heads.

    2. Actually, I remember it as Obama getting the peace prize for no reason at all BEFORE he started all those wars.

      1. How many people do you need to kill, how many countries do you need to invade before they revoke the prize?

        1. How many people are running around using guns to try and force ALL others under their dictation? That’s how many. Granted; The U.S. probably intervenes far more than they should – but I’ll give them one thing. At least they have a good record of allying with people free-will against some power-hungry dictator.

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  16. This shows how out of touch in the leftist bubble so many cosmopolitans are. He literally showed the wife and 13yo son of someone killed by Solemani, to show all you leftists what a monster that person was, and your first gut reaction is TRUMP BAD.

  17. average 3d grader can likely reconcile “less terrorists = more peace”

  18. In other news FDR brags about killing Germans while pledging to bring peace to Europe. Jesus tap dancing Christ the reason staff is stupid sometimes.

  19. No time to read the article yet, but am I missing something from the headline and subhead? Isn’t killing terrorists working toward peace?

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  23. So reason thinks killing terrorists is bad? Taking it personally, are we?

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