“Congress has a constitutional duty to oversee the War Powers and the executive branch’s administration of our use of military force.”
Last summer, Republican Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, issued these remarks with regards to the unfortunate phenomenon of “forever wars” that have dominated the twenty-first century.
It is hard to choose which “forever war” has been the most devastating, given that the War in Iraq was fueled by intelligence disinformation and the War in Afghanistan ended with the humiliating victory of the Taliban, who patiently waited for twenty years to take back their territory.
Trillions of dollars later, it’s little wonder that fiscally responsible Republicans are hardly on board with the idea of wars that have no discernible resolution, especially when accounting for current geopolitical circumstances.
Alas, NATO seems to have forgotten the plea to avoid “forever wars,” considering a rather startling announcement that has just emerged from the United Kingdom.
More specifically, the United Kingdom is set to send upwards of 20,000+ troops for an ostensible “training exercise” with other NATO forces.
For reference, a “training exercise” of this magnitude has not occurred since the Cold War, a period of time in which inevitable conflict with Russia was expected to occur.
Needless to say, the fact that 20,000 British troops are suddenly being deployed for “training” with numerous other NATO nations has raised a few eyebrows, in particular those who are leery of “forever wars.”
In addition, the training exercise is apparently designed with Putin in mind specifically, which is yet another troubling development.
“Britain will send 20,000 service personnel to one of NATO’s largest military exercises since the Cold War to practice repelling an invasion by Vladimir Putin’s forces. The troops will be joined by one of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers, eight warships, as well as the RAF’s F-35 lightning attack aircraft, which will practice flying in imitated conflict scenarios.
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps will announce the deployment of Army, Navy and RAF members to the 31-nation drill across Europe during a speech in London on Monday,” the Daily Mail reported.
Well then. That did indeed escalate quickly.
On his part, Shapps made it beyond obvious that the forthcoming “training exercises” would be done entirely with Putin in mind, noting that “old enemies” apparently threaten the core of national security within the United Kingdom.
“Today our adversaries are busily rebuilding their barriers, old enemies are reanimated, battle lines are being redrawn, the tanks are literally on Ukraine’s lawn and the foundations of the world order are being shaken to their core … We stand at a crossroads,” Shapps proclaimed ominously.
With respect, “the foundations of world order” have also been shaken to their core through the open borders leading to such chaos in the first place, as both the United States and United Kingdom, not to mention numerous other NATO members, have freely welcomed “refugees,” oftentimes with minimal evidence, for years.
Between the terrorist attacks in Europe and rising crime rates in the United States, it is rather clear that effectively open borders are hardly the key to “world order.”
Unless, of course, political elites have a very different “world order” in mind, especially when they begin prattling on about imminent nuclear war while deploying 20,000+ troops for “training” purposes.
Looks like Republicans’ desire to cease “forever wars” won’t be occurring anytime soon, at the rate the global media rhetoric is going.
Author: Jane Jones