how-our-endless-wars-are-helping-bankrupt-american-taxpayers

Brown University’s Watson Institute is out with a new report on the cost of America’s post-9/11 Middle East wars. Assuming current spending trends continue, the tab will reach $6.4 trillion through fiscal year 2020. That’s $3.4 trillion spent directly on overseas operations, about $1 trillion in Department of Homeland Security spending, almost $1 trillion in…

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the-us-doesn’t-need-an-afghanistan-deal.-we-just-need-to-leave

The deal’s off. President Trump revealed last week he had canceled a secret meeting planned with both Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David. A Taliban attack that killed an American soldier, the president tweeted, drove him to shut down the talks. Soon after, he evicted national security adviser John Bolton —…

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following-disagreements,-trump-tells-bolton:-you’re-fired

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he fired national security adviser John Bolton on Monday night, saying he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the…

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don’t-believe-these-tired-myths-about-ending-the-18-year-war-in-afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration’s chief negotiator with the Taliban, has endured a lot of pressure in the last week. Former U.S. ambassadors, Fox News pundits, and think tank analysts alike have denounced his draft agreement in full without knowing what is in the final document. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s advisers have already expressed that…

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tim-ryan-hits-biden-over-lack-of-energy,-says-he’s-‘declining’

Sunday news shows saw a struggling presidential candidate take a shot at the current frontrunner, a former Obama administration official criticize another leading candidate, and current and former Trump administration officials discuss the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Tim Ryan Says Biden is ‘Declining,’ Lacks Clarity Struggling presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) is doubling…

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pompeo:-the-taliban’s-position-is-‘about-to-get-worse’-after-aborted-talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “conditions are about to get worse” for the Taliban in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump called off a meeting between Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, Taliban leaders, and the United States. “We’re going to make sure that everyone in the region understands that America will always protect its national security…

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dozens-killed-in-afghanistan-wedding-hall-explosion-as-concerns-mount-over-precipitous-us-withdrawal

Dozens of people were reportedly killed and more wounded Saturday in an explosion that detonated through a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hundreds were inside the Dubai wedding hall in a region where the minority Shiite Hazara community predominantly reside, ABC News reports. According to the Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi, the cause of the…

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