Trump is now claiming the US is closer than ever to ending the Iraq War—but his timing serves as a reminder of the similar empty promises that were made by his predecessors, as Congress continues to provide trillions for illegal wars they never voted for in the first place…
On today’s edition of ‘Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This?’ President Trump is now claiming the US is closer than ever to finally ending the Iraq War. But while some will say this is just part of his big plan to “End the Endless Wars,” as he promised, others will note that the next presidential election is right around the corner—and this rhetoric is not exactly rare.
If we look back at the 2000 Election, a candidate named George W. Bush campaigned against a foreign policy of nation-building. Fast-forward a few years, after his administration invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, and he delivered his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, in which he declared that all combat missions in Iraq were won and done, and the US had prevailed.
However, that was not the case, and the continued US presence in the Middle East made room for a candidate named Barack Obama to come along in 2008, where he gained popularity by promising to end the wars in the Middle East—for good this time. But then his administration discovered drones, illegally bombed seven countries, and those promises were long forgotten.
Then along came a candidate named Donald Trump in 2016, and he used the catchy slogan promising to “End the Endless Wars.” But after four years and an increase in civilian casualties, the US is still fighting the same wars it has been throughout the course of the “War on Terror.
Yet all the while, there have been around 535 representatives in Congress who never voted for any of these wars to begin with. And instead of holding the various administrations accountable for their illegal actions, Congress has continued to provide funding to continue those wars each year, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.
No matter who wins the 2020 Election, Congress stays the same, and they are in desperate need of accountability, as their actions have show that they no longer represent the people they were elected to serve—and that is something everyone should be talking about.