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It appears that the time has finally come for the United States to end its military involvement in the Middle East and bring its troops home, according to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller, on Saturday. The new Department of Defense chief indicated that the country would work towards fulfilling President Trump’s promise to keep the nation out of “endless wars.”

In a written statement, Miller, who was appointed after Trump fired Mark Esper, explained that the U.S. would continue its fight against radical Islamic terrorist organizations like al Qaeda and others, but that the nation would halt major military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Washington Times:

“But he also made clear that the American mission must change and that the U.S. military must adopt a more supportive role abroad. His comments strongly suggest that he and other Pentagon leaders will mount an aggressive effort over the next several months to bring the bulk of U.S. forces back from Afghanistan and other nations abroad.”

“As we prepare for the future, we remain committed to finishing the war that al Qaeda brought to our shores in 2001. This war isn’t over,” Miller wrote. “We are on the verge of defeating al Qaeda and its associates, but we must avoid our past strategic error of failing to see the fight through to the finish. Indeed, this fight has been long, our sacrifices have been enormous, and many are weary of war — I’m one of them — but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role.”

“We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought,” he continued. “All wars must end. Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now, it’s time to come home.”

It appears that Trump’s plan is to try to bring as many soldiers home as possible in case former Vice President Joe Biden is dubbed the winner of the 2020 election. The president’s desire to bring the troops home has been met with opposition from military leaders. Some have speculated that it was this conflict that led to Esper’s firing. Former Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned because of Trump’s decision to remove U.S. soldiers from Syria.

In February, the Trump administration ironed out a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The agreement states that the U.S. will pull its troops from the region as long as the Taliban does not provide a safe haven for radical Islamic terrorists. The U.S. had 12,000 soldiers in the country at the time the deal was signed. Now, it has about 4,500. The administration states that the number will be closer to 2,500 by early next year.

However, Trump has stated that he wishes for all forces in the country to be home by Christmas, which is far earlier than the timeframe outlined in the agreement. Biden has also indicated that he would work towards bringing the troops home if he is elected. Still, it’s not easy to trust this promise when the pro-war forces in the Democratic and Republican parties will undoubtedly pressure him to keep the U.S. involved in “endless wars.” If the courts decide that Biden will be the next president, the Trump administration better act quickly. Bringing the troops home before Biden takes office will do more to ensure that the U.S. reduces its military operations overseas as it is unlikely that he would turn around and send them back to these countries.

Author: Jeff Charles

Source: Red State: New Pentagon Chief Makes Tremendous Announcement Regarding The Middle East

It’s not just China and Russia who are attempting to influence the 2020 election. National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe confirmed on Wednesday night that Iran tried to interfere in the U.S. election to damage President Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection.

According to the director, Iranian agents posed as members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing group that has come under scrutiny recently. They reportedly sent threatening emails to Democratic voters as members of the group.

“Ratcliffe said Wednesday both Iran and Russia have obtained U.S. voter registration information in an effort to interfere in the election, including Iran posing as the far-right group Proud Boys to send intimidating emails to voters,” CNN reported. “Iranians are responsible for a voter intimidation email campaign that was made to look like it came from the Proud Boys and was also spreading disinformation about voter fraud through a video linked in some of the emails.”

During a press conference, Ratcliffe explained that both Russia and Iran procured voter registration information. Officials have “already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump.”

The director also indicated that Tehran was attempting to undermine America’s already-shaky faith in the nation’s electoral system.

He said:

“Additionally, Iran is distributing other content to include a video that implies that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots, even from overseas. This video and any claims about such allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true. These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries. Even if the adversaries pursue further attempts to intimidate or attempt to undermine voter confidence, know that our election systems are resilient, and you can be confident your votes are secure.”

FBI Director Chris Wray also addressed reporters. He pointed out that the Bureau is “the primary agency responsible for investigating malicious cyber activity against election infrastructure, malign foreign influence operations, and election-related crimes like voter fraud and voter suppression or intimidation, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.”

Wray continued, explaining that the Bureau is “working closely with our intelligence community partners as well as our other federal, state, and local partners to share information, bolster security, and identify and disrupt any threats.” He added. “We are not going to tolerate foreign interference in our elections or any criminal activity that threatens the sanctity of your vote or undermines public confidence in the outcome of the election. When we see indications of foreign interference or federal election crimes, we are going to aggressively investigate and work with our partners to quickly take appropriate action.”

Naturally, when the news broke about Proud Boys supposedly sending threatening letters to Democrats, the left almost had a field day. They played up the now-disproven intimidation scheme, using it to slam the president and his supporters. To put it simply, they did Iran’s bidding.

Great job, guys.

Here is only a tiny sampling of the tweets that high-profile leftists posted:

Oddly enough, these folks are rather silent now that the Iranian plot has been exposed. None of them have posted corrections or even given so much as a “Whoops! My bad!”

But would we really expect anything different?

Author: Jeff Charles

Source: Red State: Iran Meddles in U.S. Election by Posing as Proud Boys and Threatening Leftists

According to a report from Politico, President Donald Trump will not attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Capitol this coming Thursday. The event, which has been a yearly tradition since 1983, is set around the Taoiseach – Prime Minister – of Ireland’s visit to the U.S.

This would be the first time a president has skipped the lunch since 2003. Former President George W. Bush did not attend because it took place in the days leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The Speaker of the House usually hosts the event, and the contentious relationship between Trump and Nancy Pelosi seems to be the reason for his refusal to attend. White House Spokesman Judd Deere told Politico that the president would forego the lunch due to Pelosi’s tendency to use such events to launch political attacks. He wrote:

“Since the Speaker has chosen to tear this Nation apart with her actions and her rhetoric, the President will not participate in moments where she so often chooses to drive discord and disunity, and will instead celebrate the rich history and strong ties between the United States and Ireland at the White House on March 12.”

The statement also explained that Trump “looks forward” to welcoming the Taoiseach for the yearly Shamrock Bowl presentation. Pelosi’s spokesperson responded, criticizing the president for failing to “set petty partisan politics aside for this historic occasion.”

The tradition began in 1983 when Tip O’ Neill invited Ronald Reagan to the Capitol to attend the lunch. The event has been missed by presidents four times since then, and they sent their vice presidents in their stead. However, Vice President Mike Pence is not scheduled to attend, so this instance would represent a total boycott on the part of the Trump administration.

While traditions such as this are a decent way to solidify the relationship between the U.S. and her allies, it’s hard to blame the president for refusing the attend. Pelosi has pulled stunts designed to politicize events in the past and would certainly not miss an opportunity to do so in this case. It seems more appropriate to meet with Ireland’s prime minister on his own terms, not Pelosi’s. After all, what would be the point of giving her another opportunity to grandstand?

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Author: Jeff Charles

Source: Red State: President Trump Snubs Nancy Pelosi’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

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