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Letter to the Editor: Hats off to Trump

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sixteen years in Vietnam, 17 years in Afghanistan, 13-plus years in Iraq, not counting Yemen, Syria and elsewhere.

What have they in common? Undeclared wars with no strategic interest and no clear objectives. The result of the powerful influence of the same military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about. It seems that The Deep State has more than one division.

Military generals, by their training, have never seen a war that they couldn’t justify. Common sense says that our troops don’t need to be sacrificed in such a manner, and President Trump is finally moving to rectify this deplorable situation. Let General Mattis and other like-minded generals quit their positions if they cannot follow the orders of their president.

We must note how unanimously the Establishment has fallen into line with this liberal foreign and military policy of interventionism: Big business, both parties and the U.S. State Department.

A president can buck parts of this establishment but not the military industrial complex. President Trump will probably relent and fall back in line as the others have but his initial move to withdraw from Syria is the right move. It should be followed by similar moves in the other no-win conflicts. Let’s stop worrying about the Iranians, Chinese or Russians. They need these fleas for a few years while we rebuild the United States.

Hats off to Trump while he holds out. Build that wall, protect our own borders and stop serving the wishes of the globalists. We were endowed with a free and sovereign nation. Let’s keep it that way.

Mike Armstrong

Rocky Mount

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