The Twenty Years' war

Donald Trump was already tweeting in 2012 that it was ‘time to get out of Afghanistan’ , though it remains to be seen if he will manage any better than Barack Obama: 18-year-old US soldiers setting off to fight there today were not born when the war started. Every attempt to disengage the US militarily — from Syria, Libya, South Korea or Germany — draws loud protests in Washington, with the war lobby crying that the Russians are coming. The US defence budget, $738bn in 2020, may be 10 times (…)



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