Categories for War

32,070. 1/7/2020

NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “RT @LindseyGrahamSC: I will oppose any War Powers resolution pushed by @SpeakerPelosi so as to allow this President to have the latitude he…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 7, 2020 6:59 am

32,043. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “In the hours after an American drone strike in Iraq killed Iran’s most important military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a question has dominated discussion in the Middle East, in Congress and on social media. Could this lead to war between the United States and Iran? In a sense, it already has. The killing of General Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, its elite security and intelligence unit, meets virtually any definition of an act of war, a categorical difference from the shadow conflicts that the United States and Iran have engaged in for years. To Iranian eyes, it is akin to Tehran ordering the death of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But it remains uncertain where this attack, which follows weeks of tit-for-tat escalations between the two countries, will lead.”

-Max Fisher, “Is There a Risk of Wider War With Iran?,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,008. 1/3/2020

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 7:44 am

31,966. 12/31/2019

IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump toughened his rhetoric toward Iran on Tuesday [12-31-19], saying the country would ‘be held fully responsible’ for the attack by Iraqi demonstrators on the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad, an assault that Mr. Trump said was directed by Tehran…The growing crisis has strained Mr. Trump’s aversion to war with Iran as well as his distaste for Middle East entanglements generally, including in Iraq. Mr. Trump faced pressure from hawkish allies in Washington to confront Iran forcefully, while memories of the deadly attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, loomed over the administration. Many analysts said Iran had thrown the Trump administration on its heels and was forcing a president entering his re-election year into unpalatable decisions about escalation and the risk of wider conflict.”

Michael Crowley and Edward Wong, “Trump Warns Iran as Risk of Wider Armed Conflict Grows,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,020. 11/25/2019

CRIME/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WAR: “President Donald Trump on Monday [11-25-19] defended his intervention in the cases of three service members implicated in war crimes, asserting that he was ‘sticking up’ for America’s armed forces amid an escalating controversy over the ouster of his Navy secretary…The president went on to contrast his recent interference in the military justice system with the treatment of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Chelsea Manning, a whistleblower and former Army intelligence analyst…A military judge ruled in 2017 that Bergdahl would not serve any time in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Manning, who rose to prominence in 2010 after passing along hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military reports to WikiLeaks, was convicted by court-martial in 2013, but former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in 2017.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump defends intervention in war crimes cases,” Politico, November 25, 2019 11:16 pm

30,919. 11/22/2019

LEGAL/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday [11-22-19] a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force, despite President Donald Trump’s assertion that he not be expelled…A military jury in July convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter but acquitted him of murder in the detainee’s death. Gallagher also was cleared of charges that he deliberately fired on unarmed civilians. Although spared a prison sentence, he was demoted in rank and pay grade for his conviction, which stemmed from a 2017 deployment in Iraq. Last Friday, Trump intervened in the case, ordering the Navy to restore Gallagher’s rank and pay and clearing the way for him to retire on a full pension.”

-Steve Scherer, “Exclusive: U.S. Navy secretary backs SEAL’s expulsion review, despite Trump objection,” Reuters, November 22, 2019 1:31 pm

30,148. 11/1/2019

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

29,727. 10/21/2019

MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s ‘endless wars,’ fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign. No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as he is moving troops from one conflict to another. Tens of thousands of American troops remain deployed all over the world, some in war zones such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and — even still — Syria. And the United States maintains even more troops overseas in large legacy missions far from the wars following the Sept. 11 attacks, in such allied lands as Germany, South Korea and Japan. Although deployment numbers fluctuate daily, based on the needs of commanders, shifting missions and the military’s ability to shift large numbers of personnel by transport planes and warships, a rough estimate is that 200,000 troops are deployed overseas today.”

Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt, “Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,619. 10/18/2019

KURDS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “Just spoke to President @RTErdogan of Turkey. He told me there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated. He very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work. Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen. Too bad there wasn’t…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 18, 2019 10:42 am

29,578. 10/17/2019

MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “RT @realDonaldTrump: I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops & bring them home from the ridiculous & costly Endless…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 17, 2019 7:58 am

29,518. 10/15/2019

KURDS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “To understand why President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has unleashed such violence, it helps to see this moment as the culmination of a problem that has been building since the conflict began. In the war’s first days, northern Syria’s large Kurdish population effectively seceded and, later, came to control the area. The war’s many actors, Kurds included, knew this was, in the long term, not sustainable. The Kurds were too weak to hold out forever. But they were too strong, too fearful of outside dominance and, over the course of the war, had built too many institutions of self-rule to be simply folded back into the Syrian state. At the same time, the outside world saw Kurdish autonomy as essential to running out the Islamic State, but knew it was, long-term, a barrier to ending the war. Syria’s government would never accept losing the north’s oil and agricultural wealth. Turkey’s government, just across the border, saw permanent Kurdish autonomy as an unacceptable threat.”

Max Fisher, “The U.S. Turned Syria’s North Into a Tinderbox. Then Trump Lit a Match.,” The New York Times online, October 15, 2019

29,488. 10/14/2019

KURDS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “….and Assad to protect the land of our enemy? Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 14, 2019 2:10 pm

29,477. 10/14/2019

SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern Syria Monday [10-14-19], setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces in the area, as U.S. troops prepared to pull out. The Syrian army’s deployment near the Turkish border came hours after Syrian Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. said they had reached a deal with President Bashar Assad’s government to help fend off Turkey’s invasion, now in its sixth day. The announcement of a deal between Syria’s Kurds and its government is a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly spreading chaos. The shift sets up a potential clash between Turkey and Syria and raises the specter of a resurgent Islamic State group as the U.S. relinquishes any remaining influence in northern Syria to Assad and his chief backer, Russia. The fighting also seems likely to endanger, if not altogether crush, the brief experiment in self-rule set up by Syria’s Kurds since the war began.”

Associated Press, “Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as U.S. withdraws,” Politico, October 14, 2019 9:53 am

29,445. 10/13/2019

KURDS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “…..The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 8:09 am

29,443. 10/13/2019

MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change. Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East Wars are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made. Why are they not asking for a Declaration of War?”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 7:57 am

29,433. 10/12/2019

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Endless Wars Must End!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 12, 2019 4:20 pm

29,315. 10/9/2019

SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY/WAR: “President Trump on Wednesday [10-9-19] called a Turkish incursion into Syria ‘a bad idea’ but reiterated his opposition to ‘endless, senseless wars,’ striking a far milder tone than outraged members of Congress, foreign allies and officials in his own administration, who said the offensive must be stopped. And later in the day, after issuing that statement, Mr. Trump seemed dismissive of the plight of the Syrian Kurdish fighters who are in Turkey’s cross hairs. Speaking to reporters, the president said that while the  Kurds had fought alongside American troops against the Islamic State, or ISIS, they had done so out of self-interest, ‘for their land,’ and noted that “they didn’t help us in the Second World War. They didn’t help us with Normandy’…In his earlier statement, Mr. Trump said he was holding Turkey responsible for preventing the release of Islamic State fighters who were being held captive in the area and for ensuring ‘that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape or form.’”

Michael Crowley, Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Calls Turkey’s Syrian Offensive a ‘Bad Idea,’ but Opposes ‘Senseless Wars’,” The New York Times online, October 9, 2019

29,283. 10/9/2019

MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 9, 2019 7:14 am

29,281. 10/9/2019

ISIS/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending! https://t.co/Fbcem9i55Z

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 9, 2019 6:36 am

29,242. 10/8/2019

NATO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “…..good health, at my request, Pastor Brunson, who had many years of a long prison term remaining. Also remember, and importantly, that Turkey is an important member in good standing of NATO. He is coming to the U.S. as my guest on November 13th. #ENDENDLESSWARS”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 8, 2019 7:30 am

29,193. 10/7/2019

CHINA/MILITARY/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA. The two most unhappy countries at this move are Russia & China, because they love seeing us bogged…..” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 7, 2019 10:20 am

29,178. 10/7/2019

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “….almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 7, 2019 6:40 am

27,531. 8/16/2019

AFGHANISTAN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Donald Trump’s efforts to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan keep hitting a major roadblock: his own proclamations that he wants to get out. Trump has repeatedly made it known he wants to remove all U.S. troops from the 18-year-old Afghan conflict, a topic he returned to Friday [8-16-19] afternoon as his advisers briefed him on the status of peace talks with the Taliban. But his public statements and leaks of his closed-door demands have weakened the hand of his negotiators by making it clear just how desperately the president wants a deal, according to multiple current and former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the deliberations. His top negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, is preparing for the ninth round of talks with the Taliban, seeking to reach a settlement that would allow the 13,000 U.S. troops still deployed to the country to come home.”

Wesley Morgan, “How Trump trips up his own Afghan peace efforts,” Politico, August 16, 2019 7:16 pm

27,529. 8/16/2019

AFGHANISTAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Just completed a very good meeting on Afghanistan. Many on the opposite side of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 16, 2019 5:58 pm

27,209. 8/6/2019

TRUMP PEOPLE/VETS/WAR: “RT @senatemajldr: As we commemorate #DDay75, let us give thanks for the valiant Allied soldiers who helped turn the tide of the Second Worl…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 6, 2019 6:00 am