In a potent reminder of just how frighteningly dangerous it is to have Donald Trump as the man controlling the use of America’s nuclear weapons, the president shocked the world with his offhand comment explicating his thoughts on the war in Afghanistan today.
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Speaking with reporters during a White House meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered a simple solution that he claimed would swiftly end U.S. involvement in the long-running conflict in the quagmire of Afghanistan.
“I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people,” Trump charitably proclaimed without offering a number of people he would be willing to kill to end the war.
To date, 2,350 American casualties have been killed during Operation Enduring Freedom as the Afghanistan war is referred to in the Defense Department. An additional 20,103 U.S. service members have been wounded according to the latest Defense Department statistics.
As far as deaths among Afghani citizens and opposition forces go, 38,480 civilian casualties have been reported, along with 42,100 Taliban and other opposition fighters, according to Brown University’s Costs of War Project.
The president offered an implied threat that if he decides to change his mind, Afghanistan would be “wiped off the face of the earth” as he put it.
“I don’t want to go that route,” Trump added.
The subject of the Afghan war was naturally a top subject of discussion as Trump met with the Pakistani Prime Minister, the leader of Afghanistan’s direct neighbor, a country with nuclear weapons of its own that has had a tempestuous relationship with the U.S. and the Taliban and Al Queda forces that have often used that country as a refuge.
Trump suggested that Pakistan could take over the U.S. role in helping support Afghanistan were the U.S. to withdraw its troops, dangling the restoration of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Trump has cut since taking office — “depending on what we work out” — after accusing the Islamic country of failing to do enough to suppress terrorist groups.
“I think Pakistan is going to help us out,” the president said. “Basically we’re policemen right now and we don’t want to be policemen.”
While Trump’s antipathy towards policemen may stem from his own contemptuous disregard for the rule of law, his invocation of an apocalyptic final solution subject to the whims of his mood should strike fear into the hearts of every American.
The very fact that Trump has the ability to launch a nuclear holocaust at his discretion — and has actually contemplated doing so — is reason enough to begin impeachment proceedings or invoke the 25th Amendment immediately.
You can watch President Trump’s remarks on Afghanistan in the video excerpt below.
WATCH: President Trump says that he could win the 18-year Afghan War in 10 days, because he has plans that could wipe Afghanistan off the face of the Earth and kill 10,000,000 people, but "I don't want to go that route." pic.twitter.com/IftsRmBjpG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 22, 2019
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Original reporting by Jordan Fabian at The Hill.