Retired Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis joins the show to talk about Trump’s apparent interest in getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. Trump has signaled that the coronavirus crisis might be an excuse to get out—after all if America is having trouble taking care of things at home, why should it wastefully expend resources abroad? For this fairly logical position, the media is doing everything it can to portray Trump as deranged and reckless. Davis and Scott support leaving Afghanistan by whatever means necessary, since the war has been a fool’s errand from the very beginning.
Discussed on the show:
- The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
- “U.S. officials misled the public about the war in Afghanistan, confidential documents reveal” (Washington Post)
- Obama’s Wars
- “Secret Annexes Can Khalilzad Deliver Afghan Peace for Trump?” (Time)
- “Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms” (NBC)
Daniel Davis did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the army. He writes a weekly column for National Interest and is the author of the reports “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” and “Go Big or Go Deep: An Analysis of Strategy Options on Afghanistan.” Find him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.
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