SOTT FOCUS: Trump Flips Terrorism Narrative to Justify US Military Withdrawal From Syria And Afghanistan

Comment: On the one hand, this is just another news item about Trump again saying something ‘outrageous’, teeing up another round of apoplexy in Western intelligentsia and intelligence circles (while nothing changes on the ground – yet). On the other hand, Trump seems to have really ‘gone for the jugular’ in yesterday’s post-cabinet meeting press conference, placing the very rationale for America’s non-stop wars on very public trial… Offering an explanation of why US should withdraw from Afghanistan, President Donald Trump appeared to endorse the Soviet intervention there in the 1980s and by extension, disavow US support for jihadist insurgents. “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, following a cabinet meeting at the White House. Comment: That’s certainly a plausible and popular narrative. Technically, it’s not historically accurate; the USSR broke up for a number of…

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