Trump Says Something Smart About Ending the Afghan War, Media Pounce

Okay, so it wasn’t the most articulate statement, but the president of the United States correctly said that the USSR lost their empire fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s — which is true, as well has been the Reaganites’ narrative since 1991. Trump then warns that the USA is making the same mistake. (In my book I show that baiting the US into invading and occupying Afghanistan was bin Laden’s purpose in attacking us in the first place.)

Media attacks: God, what an idiot he is for getting this right, they agree, mostly deliberately missing the point and spinning it as an endorsement of the Soviet invasion of 1979, rather than a lesson for Americans from the Russians’ folly. They wonder why we all hate them so much.

More importantly, Trump today took exactly the right approach in blaming Mattis for a lack of results a year and a half after giving in to the secretary’s demand for the doubling of troops there. Bush, Obama and failed generals like McChrystal and Mattis are in fact to blame. The president should get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan immediately.

Video here.

By the way, here’s Robert Kaplan in the Post yesterday, complaining that the U.S. is fighting the Russians’ war for them there now. What a kook, right?

Originally posted at The Libertarian Institute.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

5 thoughts on “Trump Says Something Smart About Ending the Afghan War, Media Pounce”

  1. I guess because the premise is wholly wrong. The Soviet invasion of afghanistan was a contributing factor, not THE. The Soviet state failed because of the lies intrinsic to the states survival, and the peoples rejection of those lies. This is why the people of Russia are wiser than their US neighbors.

      1. Ray Charles’ Soviet tours were likely a bigger contributing factor than the Afghan war.

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