John Nichols | ‘We can’t bomb our way out of a pandemic,’ says Pentagon critic Mark Pocan
“U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is a voice of sanity amidst all the partisan wrangling over the messy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Of course, he’s been frustrated by the disorderly evacuation process, and he has been outspoken in arguing for the rapid resettlement of refugees.
“The United States has a duty to honor its commitment to the Afghanis who helped our efforts, such as guides and translators,” he said. “We must ensure these refugees are allowed to reach our shores as safely and as quickly as possible.”
Yet he remains a thoughtful supporter of the decision to end the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
A longtime critic of U.S. military adventurism, Pocan supports the withdrawal as an acknowledgement of the reality that nation building of the sort that was initiated almost two decades ago by the administration of Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush was never going to work.
“You can’t go into a country like Afghanistan and expect to leave it with Dunkin Donuts and Disneylands,” he said. “And too often I think that that is what we try to do.”
What should we do?
Yes. Cut the spending on profiteering waste and fraud. It is wrong for the US government to violate the rights of other people.
The US government is a gangster, not the world police. Murdering people to steal their resources or other reasons is a violation of their natural rights, human rights and likely their legal rights. Americans are not the only people who enjoy liberty.
#Accountability for all.
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