The ForeverWars Will Not Be Denied

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As expected, since it looks like Bedit is about to ascend to the throne, everything is back to business as usual, and the business is the ForeverWars.

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday despite President Trump’s threats to veto the bill. The massive bill allocates $740 billion for military spending and includes amendments that could block planned troop drawdowns from Afghanistan and Germany.

President Trump has threatened to veto the NDAA because it does not include a provision to repeal Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Section 230 gives tech platforms immunity from liability over the content published by third party users. The president also objects to an amendment that would remove Confederate names from US military bases.

Via AFP

The final tally for the votes on the bill was 335-78-1, which is well over the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto. The Senate is expected to vote on the NDAA sometime this week.

Ahead of the vote, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO. Must include a termination of Section 230 (for National Security purposes), preserve our National Monuments, & allow for 5G & troop reductions in foreign lands!”

Out of the 196 Republicans in the House, 140 voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Liz Cheney (D-WY), who crafted the amendment to block the Afghanistan withdrawal, commented on the NDAA on Monday. “We ought to pass the NDAA and the president should not veto it. And we should override it,” she said.

I’m tempted to bray on about how Trump didn’t do shit about the online censorship for four years other than claim he was “monitoring the situation”, its very bad, so bad folks, tremendously bad.. He didn’t have much motivation to do anything until he felt the impact personally on twatter. I could do that , but what’s the point now. I guess there isn’t much point to griping about him letting our overlords stop him from withdrawing the troops from those shitholes in the first year either.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t understand how Congress can dictate which troops are where. Congress can declare war, but they can’t tell the C-in-C how to prosecute it, can they? What am I missing here? This just looks like another DC heads-DC-wins-tails-America-loses situation.

    And yeah, Shawn, so many missed opportunities on tech, on the border/immigration, on Afghanistan.

    I think Trump’s calculus was that he’d get the economy roaring with tax cuts and deregulation and then he couldn’t lose reelection. And I think it’s very clear that if it hadn’t been for Covid, the strategy would have worked. Too bad.

  2. No troops on the US-Mexico border, but lots of troops and wars in the Middle East. I WONDER why and for whom…..hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…… a real mystery…………

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