Biden says "the United States is not at war." WTF is he talking about??
I have to wonder what the people in the U.N. thought when Biden said this:
"I stand here today - for the first time in 20 years the United States is not at war," Biden declared as he concluded his speech. "We've turned the page."
Biden's speech was part of a wider effort to move on from the 20-year Afghanistan war, which ended with an ignominious withdrawal at the end of August. "The President will essentially drive home the message that ending the war in Afghanistan closed a chapter focused on war and opens a chapter focused on purposeful, effective, intensive American diplomacy," a senior administration official told reporters ahead of Biden's speech.
But Biden's claim ignores ongoing US military engagements abroad, including in Iraq, Syria, and Africa, underscoring the difficulty of closing the chapter in the way Biden envisions.
2,500 troops (plus contractors) are in Iraq. At least 900 troops (plus contractors) are in Syria.
And the list goes on and on. So what in the Hell are you talking about?
The roughly 900 U.S. troops who are currently deployed to Syria are mostly invisible to Congress, the media, and the American public.
Syria is just the latest forgotten battlefield in the Global War on Terrorism.
Mostly invisible, but not totally invisible. Rep. Jamaal Bowman finally did something worth noting.
US Congressman Jamaal Bowman has introduced an amendment to the annual defence spending bill that would stop funds from being used to maintain Washington's military presence in Syria.
The amendment, introduced to the House of Representatives last week and supported by six other lawmakers, would prohibit funds out of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from being used to maintain American military operations in the country without congressional approval.
This must have been a "get off your a** and do something for a change" day for progressives, because Rep. Ro Khanna got an even bigger win.
Anti-war groups on Thursday welcomed the U.S. House's passage of an amendment to the annual defense bill that would cut off the flow to Saudi Arabia of U.S. logistical support and weapons "that are bombing civilians" in Yemen.
"This is BIG," tweeted the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) following the afternoon 219-207 vote, which fell largely along party lines, with just 11 Democrats voting "no."
That the amendment actually passed is a big deal.
This is especially bad news for the Saudis, because the Houthis are on the march.