Uncle San with a head wound and reaching out with one hand, the other holding his hat to his side and the words I Want Out

President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan last month certainly sent the Washington establishment into a tizzy. However, the action will show, as journalist Matt Taibbi wrote, the real divide in our nation’s capital – those who oppose war and those who are for it, profit off of it and probably just enjoy it. It has been the American way for quite some time now.

Now Trump has done something that even his harshest critics didn’t think was possible – he’s united libertarian Republicans on the right with progressive Democrats on the left who have been sounding the anti-war alarms for a while. Whether it’s presented as bringing the troops home, not being the policemen of the world or just being fiscally conservative with taxpayer dollars, every political ideology can find something they like about being anti-war. The U.S. cannot keep engaging in lengthy, ill-planned, expensive and deadly conflicts in countries where we ultimately just make things worse. When is the last time America fought a war, won and left and everything was hunky-dory? It certainly hasn’t happened in my lifetime and not in my parents’ either. Only our grandparents get to have that trophy on the shelf.

So now the real debate begins. Not only are left-leaning journalists like Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan (who are no fans of the president) praising the withdrawals as necessary, but progressives like Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are singing anti-war tunes as well. They’re joined by libertarian-leaning Republicans such as congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) and senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Of course, this has been the long, slow-building constitutional alliance that I knew was coming, as the political dinosaurs of the past are replaced with new legislative forces led by the quickly growing millennial generation. Progressives and libertarians alike are ready to end our costly foreign wars, bring the troops home, end the drug war, legalize marijuana, enact criminal justice reform, increase government transparency and respect taxpayer dollars, whether it’s by spending that money at home or putting it back in people’s pockets.

What Trump has done with this move is expose the tip of the iceberg of the politics of the future, which is an insane thing I thought I’d never write considering all the other backwards, narcissistic bullshit this president has said or done. But here we are. Of course, the opposition that has come out against his anti-war policies is equally staggering, as it’s exposed the ugliest side of American politics – the pro-war party. Whether it’s former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or the war-loving Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the hawks are out in full force on all the news networks that will have them, espousing every reason to not pull out any troops from anywhere. These reasons range from “it’ll make us less safe” to “it’ll create a vacuum” to “this is exactly what Putin wants.” All of these arguments are dumb, outdated and frankly, part of the reason we’re in all these ineffective, unnecessary, multi-billion-dollar conflicts in the first place.

But this is how the war class operates and how they keep their power. The Pentagon hasn’t been successfully audited in my lifetime and has only been proven to misplace trillions of dollars whenever it can. Do you know how much money that is? I have a dollar in my pocket right now and I can’t imagine what a trillion of those would look like or what you could possibly spend it on besides pizza for hungry people. But that’s exactly why the global war on terror is so awful and opposed by many level-headed people on the left and right – this has been an expensive, deadly and ineffective ordeal for long enough and the American people are sick of it. They’re sick of spending trillions of dollars in places we’ve never been to or heard of to “keep us safe.” They’re sick of sending young Americans to these locations and some of them not coming home. If any of them do make it home, they do so with life-altering physical injuries or mental illnesses, many of which don’t get taken care of effectively by our veteran institutions or organizations because these problems are unsolvable in the first place. Thus, the veteran suicide rate remains insanely high.

Therefore, the time has come – Lindsey Graham, Hillary Clinton, Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney and their warmongering hack job media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are quickly losing their power and their relevance. Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul, Glenn Greenwald, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and yes, even that disgusting orange monster Donald Trump, represent the anti-war politics of the future. War is rightfully becoming unpopular, worthless and pointless and the American people get it.

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