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When Donald Trump Blasted Politicians Who Need ‘Limitless Conflict,’ He Was Speaking About Mitt Romney

In 2020, President Donald Trump told the graduating class at West Point that “We are ending the era of endless wars,” referring specifically to the U.S.’s then-nearly two decade military presence in Afghanistan.

Trump was working to bring America’s troops home.

Throughout his presidency, Trump maintained that it was the Washington establishment that wanted to keep America at war abroad forever.

Trump was talking about establishment politicians like Mitt Romney, which was made clear in a series of tweets from the Utah senator this week.

Trump: “I’d like to congratulate all of the incredible people that have worked for so long on our endless war in Afghanistan… We think they’ll be successful in the end.” pic.twitter.com/WdacNtmY93

— The Hill (@thehill) February 29, 2020

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Romney Thinks Being In Afghanistan For 20 Years Is Not Enough

Now that President Joe Biden is fulfilling Trump’s legacy with the – at least partial – withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on September 11th of this year, a move Trump fully supports but wishes they would come home sooner as he originally planned, Sen. Romney finds this to be a terrible development.

Romney tweeted on Wednesday, “Six months. The Afghan government is estimated to collapse six months after a withdrawal of U.S. troops. Politics should never come before our national security interests.”

Six months. The Afghan government is estimated to collapse six months after a withdrawal of U.S. troops. Politics should never come before our national security interests. The President must reconsider his plan to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September. https://t.co/AWVSUdggwA

— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 23, 2021

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Romney added, “The President must reconsider his plan to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September.”

Then Romney tweeted again, “We need to fully evaluate the conditions on the ground and consider the policy and potential legal consequences of our reduced presence in the region before rushing to withdraw troops and capabilities, and considering the repeal of authorizations for use of military force.”

We need to fully evaluate the conditions on the ground and consider the policy and potential legal consequences of our reduced presence in the region before rushing to withdraw troops and capabilities, and considering the repeal of authorizations for use of military force.

— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 23, 2021

Then, another tweet, “This is one reason why having a public hearing on the authorizations for use of military force in Iraq is so important.”

This is one reason why having a public hearing on the authorizations for use of military force in Iraq is so important. We need to hear from @StateDept & @DeptOfDefense officials before making seemingly rushed decisions that could impact national security. https://t.co/nqNmVa8DOW

— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 23, 2021

“We need to hear from @StateDept & @DeptOfDefense officials before making seemingly rushed decisions that could impact national security,” Sen. Romney insisted.

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When Trump Attacked Politicians Who Want ‘Forever War,’ He Was Talking About People Like Romney

Romney is the poster child for endless wars.

Two observations: If Afghanistan collapses after 20 years of U.S. military occupation, what were those two decades supposed to accomplish to begin with? 

Also, if two decades of U.S. military occupation in that country is not long enough to accomplish whatever imaginary goals Romney has in mind, how much longer does he and other hawks in Congress believe America should stay?

The answer? Endlessly. “Forever wars,” as Trump called them.

The Trump Doctrine is one that does not seek to engage us in yet another forever war.

But when Americans are in danger, President @realDonaldTrump has been very clear that he will respond. Iran better get their act together because President Trump means what says. pic.twitter.com/EepRTu2IZv

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 24, 2020

No more. Bring our troops home.
 

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