Both parties agree that permanent war is necessary
Who says that Trump can't unite the two parties?
Yesterday both parties in the Senate joined hands to denounce Trump's efforts to reduce the level of carnage we have inflicted upon the world.
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 presence and activity in both countries continue to pose a serious threat to the United States.
... It salutes “the positive role” the United States and its allies have played in Syria and Afghanistan, “fighting terrorist groups, countering Iranian aggression, deterring the further use of chemical weapons, and protecting human rights.”
About half of the Democrats, mostly from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, voted against the measure, while establishment Democrats voted for the bill.
Republicans overwhelmingly prefer war.
A bipartisan group in the House moved to do the same.
The first bill, titled the “Responsible Withdrawal From Syria Act,” prohibits the use of Pentagon funds to draw down active duty troop presence in Syria below 1,500.
...The second bill, titled the “United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act,” takes a similar route and would also halt the use FY-19 DoD dollars “to reduce the total number of Armed Forces serving on active duty in the Republic of Korea below 22,000,” pending several certifications to Congress.
Recall that Congress never even debated an AUMF for our illegal invasion of Syria.
But ending an illegal war, well, they have time to debate (and oppose) that.
Nothing scares Washington more than the threat of peace.
To put this into perspective, this is how Washington views the world.
The U.S.’s “traditional adversaries” — read: Russia and China — will seek to use “the weakening of the post-WWII international order and…increasingly isolationist tendencies in the West” to gain influence, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned in a new strategy document released Wednesday.
...The warning from the intelligence community comes amid rising concerns about what critics call isolationism under President Trump. Former secretary of defense Jim Mattis resigned in December over differing opinions over the value of partners and allies abroad. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure barring the administration from using federal funds to withdraw from NATO and rebuking Trump for his frequent attacks on the alliance. The vote, 357-22, showed the depth of concern on Capitol Hill.
Right. "Isolationist tendencies".
In 2017, US commandos deployed to 137 countries, roughly 70% of the nations on Earth.
This is "isolationism" apparently.