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An open letter to President Trump after his disastrous Thanksgiving speech to troops

Mr. President or to Whom It May Concern:

We are a nation who finds itself at war on many fronts. How we got into those wars or whether we should even be in them to begin are the subjects of different debates from the beef that this veteran has with the President. Some of those wars were mistakes. But our troops fight there nonetheless, serving our country, serving everyone in the country, without ideological or partisan distinction.

I often disagree with the President, and the President is attacked incessantly—often for good reason, but not always. For one thing, I think the investigation of Mr. Trump is highly politicized. If anyone wants proof, the fact that this entire paragraph makes extremists on both the Left and Right squirm, confirms this.

But now I come to my larger point: Our politics concerning geopolitical/military issues should be on the backburner on a day like Thanksgiving. We eat food indigenous to the North American continent and we engage in football and political debates with our drunk, racist uncle. Why did you decide to be the drunk racist uncle for the entire U.S. military?

Trump, while ensconced in his luxurious clubhouse in South Florida, made a phone call with a U.S. general and soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, in which he praised himself, attacked migrants, railed on the ‘caravan,’ and went so far as to suggest judges who rule against him should not be respected.

“Well, said it better than anybody could have said: ‘Keep them away from our shores.’ And that’s why we’re doing the strong border. As you probably see over the news what’s happening in our southern border and our southern border territory. Large numbers of people, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are. And in many cases, they’re not good people; they’re bad people. But large numbers of people are forming at our border, and I don’t have to even ask you; I know what you want to do. You want to make sure that you know who we’re letting in.  And we’re not letting in anybody essentially because we want to be very, very careful. So, you’re right. You’re doing it over there, we’re doing it over here,” Trump said, equating his highly politicized anti-migrant policy with the U.S. Army’s war against actual terrorists.

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Q+A with Dr Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Asst Prof at the Naval War College

For over a decade, United States and NATO have been involved in counter-insurgency operations across the Islamic world. A new ground breaking paper by Dr. Jacqueline Hazelton, challenges the established COIN dogma, and suggests that the usual operational process of good governance, democracy promotion, nation building, and dependence on human rights, are actually counter-productive.

In simpler words, perhaps more brutality is needed to actually win a war. 

To explain further, Dr Hazelton kindly agreed to answer a few questions for Bombs + Dollars on US COIN operations, grand strategy, and what changes might be needed urgently to re-calibrate a failed Western counter-insurgency strategy.

You can follow her on Twitter @DrJLHazelton.

You can also find other Q+As here.

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