1). On #Afghanistan it’s fair and in fact healthy to be critical of those who got us here. What bothers me lately, is that it’s not about healthy criticism, it’s about politics and the next election. We should be less concerned about the political impact…
2) than that our nation is being embarrassed on the world stage, not because we lost a fight, but because we lost our will. Republicans are trying to re-write history for the 2024 election of Trump or his clone. The former presidents trolls are tweeting gleeful…
3) memes about the disaster. The more serious people are somehow of the belief that Trump would have executed some flawless withdrawal. Maybe. But it’s entirely focused on two things: 2022 and 2024. We’ve become so tribal that…
4) people just pick their side and ride or die with it. Here’s the truth: Trump repeatedly said the war wasn’t worth it and “we’re out” DURING the negotiations with the Taliban. And they were rolled, hard, in one of the worst executed pieces of diplomacy since Chamberlain…
5) and Biden (who has ignored many Trump deals) executed the worst military operation since Iran hostage rescue failure, and now owns this moment. But both own the failure. Not the military who fought bravely and never lost, but the civilians who ignored military advice…
6). When i was elected, many told me to “be my own man, don’t become a party drone. Be independent.” Some of those same people now say i don’t show sufficient loyalty to a failed and defeated President. That’s fine, but what worries me is not how that will impact me…
7) but how we as a nation become more concerned again about our collective well being, and less concerned about the perpetual next election. There will always be a next election, trust me. There won’t always be a strong America though if both parties keep failing you.

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1) Afghanistan thread…. While there is certainly much we can critique on this war, let’s discuss from the point of where we were when the decision to leave was made. At points we had over 100k US troops there, we were able to reduce to 2500 because…
2) 300,000 Afghan troops were defending their nation. In fact dozens died ever week defending it, but they needed one thing… America and NATO to have their back. That’s not unrealistic in a relatively young democracy. Over 80 percent of Afg people wanted the US to stay…
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Truth and lies cannot Co-exist. On January 6th, Liz and Kevin McCarthy have just about the same speech, rightly casting blame at the former President for the violence.
2) But Kevin wants to be speaker. He made the determination that if he appeased the Trump crowd, he could raise money and take the credit, when he was up for speaker. So he changed his tune and made the trek to Mar-A-Lago, in essence reviving the former Guy...
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1). Immigration thread—> Immigration has been unreformed, broken, and used as a political weapon for decades. Neither side trusts the other, both sides attack the other. Nothing is solved, people are demonized, and immigrants are dehumanized. But the solution is simple:
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1) Do you miss the days when disagreements were based on policy, not personality? When people respected differences, and learned from them? When your “enemy” wasn’t another American? When “fear” was the only thing to fear, and not amplified for votes? I do.
2) Now, victory is the only goal. Instead of demanding better of our own party we point out the flaws of the other. Instead of inspiring all people to greater things- we attack those who do. Instead of loving our families we tear them apart. We divide and reaffirm our bias
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