At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army
If the troops stay, Afghanistan will be Biden’s war, good or bad, and Americans will judge him on what happens
Such a move could escalate into a war between China, America and its allies
The memo from Joint Chiefs’ chairman Gen. Mark Milley was unusual primarily because of the realization that it might be needed, even the involvement of veterans in the riot that shut down the Capitol and led to five deaths, including the murder of a police officer.
Trump could, potentially, call out the military to “quell unrest” but his power to do so is limited.
Congress has registered unease with Trump’s decision to strike in Iraq without advance notice to lawmakers and then to send the notification, which is required under the War Powers Act, as entirely classified.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. has sufficient forces at the Baghdad Embassy to defend it.
The situation escalated again in recent days.
The House, bitterly divided over the Trump impeachment inquiry, banded together for an overwhelming 354-60 denunciation of the U.S. troop withdrawal. Many lawmakers expressed worry that it may lead to revival of IS as well as Russian presence and influence in the area — in addition to the slaughter of many Kurds.