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Feature Article by Jim Bovard
Donald Trump was hailed by the media last August when he announced he was sending more U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan. A Washington Post editorial praised his "principled realism" and saluted "a rare but welcome story of self-correction" (since Trump had portrayed Afghanistan as a lost cause when he was a presidential candidate). A New York Daily News op-ed praised the president because "Trump said 'win' and 'victory' more times in 15 minutes than President Barack Obama did in eight years." CNN cheered that expanding the Afghan war allowed Trump to "stake out a more conventional presidential posture."
Trump assured the American people that "to prosecute this war, we will learn from history." But his revised mission to Afghanistan — a low-wattage repeat of Obama's 2009+ "surge" — ignores the atrocities that the U.S. government has long bankrolled in that sprawling nati
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