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AFGHANISTAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Tyler Wade was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in Afghanistan, and says he is ‘proud of everything’ he did during his service. He also believes the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were a mistake, as do a growing number of veterans — from retired generals to those who served across the enlisted ranks, from supporters of President Trump to ‘resistance’ Democrats…Nearly two decades after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, polls show that a majority of all veterans have grown disenchanted with the continuing wars, even if the national security elite in both parties continue to press for an American military presence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The view is in stark contrast to widespread support for the wars across the military and veterans community — and the general population — when President George W. Bush first sent American troops to Afghanistan and then Iraq.”

-Jennifer Steinhauer, “Trump’s Opposition to ‘Endless Wars’ Appeals to Those Who Fought Them,” The New York Times online, November 1, 2019

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