Todd McKinley was a 2018 Republican Candidate for Congress in TN-01, he's a retired Army Paratrooper, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and Presidential Service Badge recipient. He’s served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well 6 ½ years at the White House Communications Agency & White House Military Office. He’s served as an Advance Representative for the Trump Administration, and as an Advance Representative for the 2020 Trump Campaign. Follow Todd: ; ; ; ;

Don’t shoot the messenger, but in this article, I’ll be calling out politicians, both Democrats, and Republicans alike. If that infuriates you, I urge you to read the entire article, if you do, you’ll likely agree with me. That said, militarily we handily defeated our adversaries, which can be said about Vietnam as well. It was our politicians who botched both wars, by playing politics instead of allowing the military to simply destroy our enemies.

Kamala Harris is very silent about this botched pullout of Afghanistan because she doesn’t want to own her role in this absolute cluster *#*#! Plus, the left realizes at some point soon, they’re going to need to try and switch the narrative, and that will be harder if both Biden and Harris are forced to own it.

She like most politicians, only step up when the sun is shining and the roses are in bloom, or when it’s raining on the other party and it’s a perfect opportunity to fundraise instead of problem solve. The fact that many on either side find it okay for their party’s establishment to continue the same old same business as usual is a major reason America is in the trouble it’s in, which should be wholly unacceptable. However, when a politician can gloat and briefly claim the moral high ground, this to them is all that matters.

The photo is of Todd A. McKinley at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan just after arriving in 2012.

Statesmen, not Politicians

We can no longer afford politicians at any level doing business, as usual, this not only includes Democrats, but it also includes Republicans as well. Mind you, I’m not saying we need to do away with political parties, but we do need to do away with the political class across the board.

Instead of more politicians, what we truly need are responsible statesmen who place their community, state, and nation ahead of themselves and partisan politics. What we need are statesmen who are about expanding liberty and prosperity at home, who also support a strong national defense, and truly putting people first, not just using it as a political slogan.

What we don’t need are those who lie to the American people and are okay with spending money we don’t have either at home or abroad, only to keep millions of Americans dependent on them, all while making their cronies rich. We especially don’t need those who are okay with keeping our military in countries for decades and placing horrible rules of engagement in place which leaves them sitting ducks, on top of wasting TRILLIONS of dollars in the process, especially after we routed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban rather handily. After this, the ones we didn’t kill or capture, escaped to Pakistan with the aid of the Pakistani military. Mind you, we weren’t allowed to go there and finish them off, even though we could have decimated them easily. Regardless, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban were out of power, and out of Afghanistan, and our actions took away Afghanistan as a terrorist training ground, at least for the foreseeable future.

The photo is of Todd A. McKinley taken at a Combat Outpost while waiting for a helicopter.

Instead of simply destroying our main adversaries (which we did), then leaving within a reasonable amount of time, but not before letting it be known that we would return if Al-Qaeda and the Taliban ever tried to regain power (which we didn’t). Instead, our politicians thought they knew better, and in their hubris thought they could bring an ancient tribal civilization into the 21st century in their idiotic attempt to nation-build, all in a place that’s basically a country in name only.

Mind you, they’ll say we weren’t nation-building, and if that were true, then what was the point of being there, spilling the blood of kids from working-class and poor families alike, along with spending our nation’s treasure, while at the same time hamstringing our forces with idiotic rules of engagement all while fighting an insurgency that could never defeat us, which oddly gave our politicians an excuse to spend more money, and take away the freedoms of Americans at home, you know, to keep us safe. Don’t get me wrong, I would understand leaving behind a reasonably sized contingency, one that could have served to deny or assist in denying Al-Qaeda and the Taliban a foothold in the country, sadly, that’s not what happened.

Photo was taken by Todd A. McKinley at President Trump’s departure from Joint Base Andrews on January 20th, 2021

That said, President Trump had Afghanistan headed in the right direction, he was able to reduce the number of Troops from around 20K to 2.500, and the Taliban understood that would change if they harmed any American, which is why we didn’t have a combat-related death for around 1 ½ years. The Taliban understood that we would step back in and destroy them if they violated the agreement President Trump was going to put in place, which went out the window once the 2020 Presidential election was hijacked.

The Photo is of Todd A. McKinley while he was serving as a Liason to the Combined Joint Task Force-East at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.

Politicians aren’t Patriots

What we need are common-sense conservatives, “conservatarians”, constitutionalists, Veterans, lovers of liberty, and limited government, in other words, we need statesmen, but not scumbag politicians who’ve nearly destroyed America.

However, politicians regularly pretend to be patriotic, in fact, they regularly take it to absurd levels, to hide their true nature. After all, how can you call out someone who hides behind the flag as they cite our “Founding Fathers,” while pretending they care about the U.S. Constitution, despite their contrary actions.

Yet, in 2022, and 2024, I fear that politicians (with exceptions of course) will be the types that will overwhelmingly be elected and re-elected. Don’t misconstrue what I’m saying, there are statesmen who hold office, it’s just the fact that they’re overwhelmingly outnumbered by those who are politicians first and foremost. After all, there’s a distinct difference between politicians and statesmen, like James Freeman Clarke said, “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”

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