Nancy Pelosi is raising drama over Trump denying her the right to paid exclusive travel to Afghanistan to visit with service members there.
Before anyone begins with the attacks, I’ll make it clear yet again that I do not support Trump. I support facts.
The facts in this case come down to a number of questions up front.
Why now? Why is Pelosi wanting to travel to Afghanistan now? More than a little odd that she wants to travel to Afghanistan immediately after Trump stated he will be bringing US troops back from there.
Then again, we all know that Democrats have become the War Party. There could have been little doubt of this during the 2016 DNC Convention which featured non-stop talk about a “strong defense” and references to military expansionism. It was like the roles had reversed because there was virtually no discussion of these things at the RNC Convention in 2016.
Since then, any effort or mention by Trump to decrease tensions with other countries or reduce military presence in other countries has been met with outright attacks and claims of treason by the DNC. Yes, Trump is largely opportunistic and dishonest. Nobody rational fully trusts his “peace” efforts. Though honestly, if he brings peace, I don’t GAF if he makes a profit in the process. It’s better than profits made from warfare. He meets with Putin, talks with Xi or Kim Jong Un and that is labeled treason? He suggests bringing troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and these moves are made to seem evil. I see no such efforts coming from the DNC, no suggestions, no meetings with foreign leaders of those countries, not even any rhetoric suggesting a peace process.
The end points of every bit of it are that if a Democrat made the same efforts, Democrats would praise them. However, the media would still be pushing for more warfare because of their advertisers. As is, the Democrats are forcing the agenda of their military contractor “donors”. Who just happen to be the same as the media advertisers.
What about her job? Right now the government is in the longest shutdown in US history. CONgress is supposed to be in session. Tens or hundreds of thousands of government employees and contractors are not being paid. Millions of citizens risk going without public assistance while they desperately need it. Many may go hungry, some may lose their residences. She is the Speaker of the House. Her job is here at a critical time. Now is not the time that she should be on the other side of the planet for some politically motivated demonstration and petty power struggle which does not affect any policy at all. Her duties are here, now.
Support the troops? Speaking as a veteran, the presence of a politician saying they support the troops means one thing in a war zone. That they have every intention of keeping you there for a long, long time. When politicians make speeches to military personnel during wartime of providing the best equipment for the troops, what they are really saying is, “Keep killing. We don’t care who you kill, just keep killing. Keep using those expensive weapons so we keep contractors profitable and happy.” How many troops come back injured, with PTSD or in body bags means nothing.
The mind of the military members. Many of these military members have family members who are government employees. Those family members are not being paid right now. Many families already have so little income that they qualify for food stamps which are also at risk. Believe me when I say these are the things on service member’s minds. Not whether Nancy Pelosi offers empty and false words of “support” while she neglects her duties to them, their family members and the citizens of this country.
While Trump is a problem for this country, let’s not act like the “resistance” has any concern for the well-being of the citizens of this country. Right now every member of CONgress, especially the alleged “leaders” should be working every single day and night to resolve this shutdown, resolve problems and reach a rational consensus. Instead, what we have are theatrical displays which cause more division and harm than any potential good. What’s worse is that this is exactly what we can expect for at least the next two years. Or until the country completely collapses under the weight of corruption, greed and power hunger on both sides.