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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:12 AM

Joint Chiefs Nominee Opposes Iran War, Would Stay in Afghanistan

Says Iran would get in the way of confronting Russia, China

Jason Ditz Posted on July 11, 2019Categories NewsTags Pentagon

Gen. Mark Milley, the Army Chief of Staff and nominee to become the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, setting out his foreign policy priorities.

Gen. Milley was keen to warn against any withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying a “premature” withdrawal would be a “strategic mistake.” He did not clarify how much longer beyond the 18 years currently in would not be “premature.” He also argued the US should keep a “modest number” of troops in Iraq and Syria indefinitely.

Interestingly, Milley was less upbeat about starting a war with Iran, saying it would have a “significant impact” on US military goals of confronting Russia and China. He added that he doesn’t think anyone is seriously considering invading Iran.

Milley urged the US to approach Iran “from the diplomatic angle,” while saying he’d also like to see diplomacy to avoid conflicts with Russia and China, warning China might “have the capability to defeat us by mid-century.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2019/07/11/joint-chiefs-nominee-opposes-iran-war-would-stay-in-afghanistan/

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:42 AM

1. hmmmm - "China might have the capability to defeat us by mid-century"

oh dear

seriously . . . .

If there is a possibility, China will probably succeed. If/when they make one of their 5 year plans - they do it - no gubment time/money wasted on lawmakers ripping each other to shreds,

or on endless wars.

We can moan and whine about the Chinese "mistreating" their Muslims - but hey, at least they aren't bombing the crap out of them from miles above . . . . . . .

Also - I don't think the US has any intention of vacating it's toeholds in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria -

Hell - they are still in Germany, Japan and dozens of other countries they just went in to "help" for a bit

(sigh)

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:21 AM

2. The Joint Chiefs don't get an opinion

on foreign policy. Their role is simply to carry out the policy of the president. This government is run by civilians. We don't care what the military thinks.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:59 AM

3. ''Would Stay in Afghanistan''...why?

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Response to quad489 (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:57 PM

4. Russia.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 04:19 PM

5. ''Russia'' doesn't want Afghanistan''...they learned that lesson back in the 1980's...

...more likely they want to stay there to box in Iran.

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Response to quad489 (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:30 PM

6. Yep.....and to have a foot-hold near Russia.

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