The Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal Exposes a Dangerous Fault Line in Our Democracy

BY ELLIOT ACKERMAN  AUGUST 31, 2021 2:08 PM EDT

In the past eighteen months we have witnessed a politicization of the U.S. military with few precedents, from General Mark Milley marching across Lafayette Park in his fatigues with former President Donald Trump, to the Congressional testimony of senior officers—on everything from January 6th to right-wing extremism to critical race theory—becoming fodder for late-night cable news anchors who seek to position those in uniform on one side or another of the Democratic-Republican divide. Our military is, historically and ostensibly, an apolitical organization, but this has never meant military members do not have political views. Of course they do. But the military stays out of politics because it practices a code of omerta. Scheller’s video breaks that code. Read the article HERE.

According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of U.S. public favors Afghanistan troop withdrawal; Biden criticized for his handling of situation With the U.S. military evacuation of Afghanistan completed, 54% of U.S. adults say the decision to withdraw troops from the country was the right one, while 42% say it was wrong, according to a survey conducted Aug. 23-29. The public is broadly critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan, and 69% say the U.S. mostly failed in achieving its goals there.

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