Monday, September 23, 2019

319 SQUARE MILES

In their infinite wisdom, the United States' Founders created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented.  Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?

The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet.  It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.

Do share this.  It needs to be widely known and understood.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.  Trump won 3,084 of them.  Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.  Trump won 46 of them.  Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.5 million votes.  In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump.  (Clinton won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond.)

Therefore, these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.  The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country!

And, it's been verified and documented that those aforementioned 319 square miles are where the majority of our nation's problems lie.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Little humor before the Quad option expiration on Friday..........

Isn't it time to get these interest rates back in to the normal range of 12%-15% and get these tariffs firmly in place and get this economy going again?

In case you were in a CNN trance..............

During Tuesday's 'impeachment' hearing, Corey Lewandowski beat Congressional Democrats like a red-headed stepchild - starting with his opening statement:
"Sadly, the country spent over three years and 40 million taxpayer dollars on these investigations," said Lewandowski. "It is now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters who had their own agenda — to try and take down a duly elected president of the United States," Lewandowski said in his opening statement - later adding "We, as a Nation, would be better served if elected officials like you concentrated your efforts to combat the true crises facing our country, as opposed to going down rabbit holes like this hearing."
"As for actual 'collusion,' or 'conspiracy,' there was none. What there has been, however, is harassment of the president from the day he won the election." 
"Corey Lewandowski was very precise," Rep. Matt Gaetz, a member of the House panel, told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "And House Democrats looked like a dog that had chased a car and then caught it and then did not know what to do about it."

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Man named Harold, and a President named Barack.

This pretty much summarizes how Obama/Biden and most liberals view the US  military.

Harold was a bright child.  He grew up in America.  He went to school and had a bright future ahead of him.  Harold was full of life but was cut short in a violent moment.  While few people had ever heard of Harold before his death, many did afterward  And in death, something very shocking happened.  What was so shocking, especially when it is compared to the death of someone else recently in the news?

 Harold was Harold Greene, Major General, United States Army.  On Aug. 5, 2014, Major General Greene was killed by a Taliban terrorist. He was returned to America with full military honors.

 It has been a tradition that the president attends the funeral of general and flag officers killed in the line of duty. Richard Nixon attended the funeral of a major general killed in Vietnam and George W. Bush attended the funeral of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

 While Major General Greene was buried, Barack Obama was golfing.  The vice president wasn't there either.  Neither was the secretary of defense.  Flags were not even lowered half-mast.

 Four days after Harold Greene gave his life for America, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was at best a young thug.  In the minutes before his death, he committed a robbery at a local convenience store. 

According to other reports, Brown struck Officer Darren Wilson and shattered his orbital bone.  Obama sent a three-person delegation to Brown's funeral!

 Neither Obama nor Biden would attend the funeral of the highest ranking military officer killed in the line of duty since 9/11, yet he sent a delegation to the funeral of a thug.

When Margaret Thatcher, one of America's staunchest allies and Ronald Reagan's partner in bringing down Soviet communism, died, Obama sent only a small low-level delegation to her funeral.  The snub was not missed by the British.

When Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in history was murdered, there was no expression of sympathy from the White House. But when Whitney Houston died from drug overdose, Obama/Biden administration ordered all flags be flown at half-mast.

 There was no White House delegation at the funeral of an American hero.  American heroes die and Obama goes to the golf course.  A thug dies and he gets a White House delegation.

 No wonder most "REAL" Americans hold Obama in such contempt, especially members of our Military.

  
And Biden is now expounding on how great the Obama/Biden administration was.

You know it's absolutely true

The older you get, the uglier you’re willing to go out in public.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ed Bukoskey

When all is said and done and I go on ahead to the other side I hope that my friend Ed Bukoskey will be around for my family.

Thank you Ed and to your bride for all you do, have done and will do for the Parisian family at Ghost Ranch.

 

Thank You


Dear    ___________,

April 1, 1982.  I took the elevator up to the offices of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. in the Security Pacific Bank building in downtown San Diego and started a career that has come to an end.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened that morning at 822.77.   The S & P 500 Index opened that morning at 111.96.

With my wife retiring after a 38-year career I have made the decision to stop managing outside money.  It was not an easy decision.  I have always enjoyed helping people.  Money was never my biggest motivator.  I always wanted to be there when needed, do my best, work hard, pay attention, work smart, be a great student, all the things I guess we all want to do at any job.   I have come to the conclusion that the only way to avoid stress at work is to not go to work.  Whether buying a ranch or traveling the world it has been always in the back of my mind; will I have the ability to respond to market turbulence for clients in case of a market melt-down? 

I have had a great run.  I am truly blessed and thankful.  Thankful that I was given the trust and responsibility to help people like you and thankful that I had the health to do the job.

Currently I have a half dozen clients in a fight with cancer.   It’s not easy and my number may be called any day.   God works in strange ways and it is not easy to understand.

My vision is clear.   I am thankful to have had so many rooting for me and inspiring me over the years.  Life is amazing.  I am healthy, and that is the largest component of my net worth. In looking back, I did it my way.  I worked hard and have no regrets.  I turn 66 this year.   It’s tougher to stay physically in good shape.   There are some things I want to do and my wife has lists that are getting longer.  I know you understand.

I look forward to talking with you soon.

With best wishes always,

Dean Thomas Parisian

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Good Sunday Morning

-Bibles in school are not okay, but drag queen story time is cool. -Christianity is “anti-gay”, but Islam is a peaceful & loving religion. -Christians are radical, but letting kids be transgender is totally normal. I’m so sick of this backwards crap.

Donald J. Trump is President of the United States and saving America as an encore to his amazing life. Hillary Clinton is selling children's books because she spent all the uranium cash and she has no more favors to sell. God bless America.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Family logic in Georgia..........GMAFB

“There was never a sign at all of any kind of child molestation. The Deon I knew at that time, he was stealing cars and stuff like that. He never, ever gave anyone an impression that he would touch any child. He was the perfect man,” Sophie's grandmother replied.

Chicago killings.............

My buddies, all gun owners, hunters and all-around great guys who believe in self-defense with a firearm often bring up the  statistics of those wounded versus those dead in the on going thuggery of third-world Chicago, Illinois.

So many wounded so few dead.

But why they ask.   And I tell them.

Spraying into crowds, running gunfights, poor practice habits, not enough range time, unfamiliarity with their weapon, shooting from a moving vehicle, poor light, firing when drug induced and on and on and on.  There is no end to the reasons why these thugs continue to miss and have such a poor ratio of shots fired per number of deaths.

The only winners in Chicago are the funeral parlors, ammo manufacturers, E. R. personnel, EMT folks, window manufacturers, physical therapists, big pharma,  medical crowd,  fire department personnel and on and on and on.

The drug and turf wars continue unabated.

Day after day, year after year.

Imagine if it were caucasians killing one another. 

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Libs with guns

2019-Dem kills 22 in TX 2019-Dem kills 9 in OH 2016-Dem kills 49 in FL 2015-Dem kills 12 in CA 2013-Dem kills 12 in Navy Shipyard 2012-Dem kills 26 in CT 2012-Dem kills 7 in MN 2011-Dem kills 12 at Movies 2007-Dem kills 32 at VA Tech Raise your hand if you want to ban Democrats!

Monday, August 05, 2019

Trillions paying a NEGATIVE rate

Negative Bond Yields through...
50 yrs: Switzerland 30 yrs: Germany, Netherlands 20 yrs: Denmark 15 yrs: Japan, Austria, Finland, Sweden, France, Belgium 10 yrs: Slovakia, Ireland, Slovenia 8 yrs: Spain 7 yrs: Portugal 5 Yrs: Malta 3 yrs: Cyprus 2 yrs: Italy 1 yr: Bulgaria

Obama carnage

Under Obama: 2009 - Fort Hood, 13 killed 2012 - Aurora, CO, 12 killed 2012 - Sandy Hook, 26 killed 2013 - Washington Navy Yard, 12 killed 2015 - San Bernardino, 14 killed 2016 - Orlando, 49 killed. Under Obama young black Americans continued to die on the streets of Chicago.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

You can take that to the bank boys and girls.....................


Nobody has ever looked at a beautiful woman and said "You sure would look a lot better if you were covered with tattoos!" Said.  Nobody.  Ever.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Negative interest rates coming to America

Does anyone want to come over and cut my lawn and pay me $20 bucks for the opportunity and privilege?   Didn't think so.

That my dear friends is the logic, however jaded and screwed up it is, to negative interest rates.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

From businessman to politician how quickly things change....................

“April 2016: We're in a massive bubble, we have the cheapest money we've ever had, the stock market is very inflated, we have to straighten our country we're $19 trillion in debt, I'll balance the budget fairly quickly"

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Language of TRUMP

Excuse me Sit down As you know Very soon Very big Never seen before Nobody talks about it Everyone talks about it You'll see We'll see Very, very quickly That I can tell you

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Simple nuts and bolts of the stock market these days.............

Ford Motor Company                $9.90

TESLA                               $214

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Student Debt Loan Problem Solved, the Dean Parisian version

It’s an innovative strategy that totally and permanently resolves this problem in a new and exciting way.
Ready?
Here goes.

How about you pay your own student debt?


That’s it. It’s as elegant as it is simple. You. Pay. Your. Own. Debts.
If you follow this bold, one-step program – the one step is you paying your debts – then you will eventually be debt-free. And best of all, I won’t have to pay any of your debts.
See, a lot of Democrat politicians are promising “free college,” but what they really mean is “free for you.” Someone has to pay, and that someone is me, and I need to level with you.
I am not interested in paying for your college.
Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.
I understand that your priorities for my money may differ from mine, but it being my money, my priorities should take precedence. Here is a short, partial list of things that I prioritize for my money over paying off your student loan debts:
1. A  new sweet German RV to travel America
2. A delicious tri-tip sandwich
3. A beautiful barn filled with man-toys
4. Guns and ammo
5. A pedicure for my wife
6. A pedicure for me
7. A pedicure for my fat Cocker Spaniel BOO
8. Literally anything else but your student loan debt
Now, those who support the idea of taking my money to give it to someone else so that someone else can have things he, she or xe wants rarely put it so bluntly. It’s never, “Well, I want this education but I don’t want to do the things necessary to pay for it. I want you other people to do the things necessary to pay for it.” Instead, it’s always put in some other way that makes them taking our money to spend on things they want appear as a favor to us, the people expected to do the work.
For instance, sometimes they say that us working to give other people free stuff is an “investment.” Again with the not understanding what words means, because where I come  from, you can rest assured that is not an investment.
Traditionally, with an investment, one gets a return on investment. No one ever explains what my return on investment for Kaden’s Marxist Puppetry degree might be, other than an occasional latte which I would still have to pay for. I prefer that I instead determine how to invest my own money in order to benefit myself, which I do not see as unreasonable since it is my money. Which I earned by working.
This is the beauty of my one-step student loan plan. It puts all this controversy aside. Pay your own student loan off. That’s it. End of discussion. Now get to work.
Note that I am not pointing out how I managed to fund my own education without asking strangers to chip in – actually, without forcing them to chip in, because if you don’t pay your taxes designed to fund “free college” people with guns will come to haul you away. The argument that “I paid for mine so you should pay for you own” is valid, but we need not even reach it. No one should ever be forced to give other people free stuff. It’s my money, and that’s reason enough why you can’t have it.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

This might run ATT shares up a penny or nickel!

Three weeks ago, a CNN executive suggested that talk of impending layoffs were nothing more than a "crazy rumor." Last week, the network laid off nearly all of the Atlanta-based staff that cover health care, according to Fox News and confirmed by TVNewser - a media watchdog site founded by CNN's Brian Stelter.   
"Basically the whole division" is set to lose their jobs, according to an anonymous Fox News source who said that employees were notified on Tuesday of the layoffs. 
A CNN spokesperson told Stelter's TVNewser: "As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit.”
Many health department staffers met with human resources on Tuesday. Katz noted that correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is also safe.
Staffers are shocked, as the health department is considered successful and CNN recently declared that no layoffs were imminent. -Fox News
On May 7, CNN Executive Vice President Allison Gollust told Fox News: "There are no mass layoffs at CNN. I have no idea where that crazy rumor came from. We have recently offered a voluntary buyout option for employees, and just over 100 people voluntarily decided to take it. That's it," adding "We have nearly 4,000 people at CNN… and around 100 of them exercised the option for a program that was offered. That's it. Those are the facts." 
TVNewser adds that "CNN’s Southeast Bureau in Atlanta, CNN Health and CNN Climate will now be under one leadership, something that was not the case before." 
Of note, CNN's prime-time ratings dropped 26% in April - the worst month for total viewers since October 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research. 
The slide came right after special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign - a narrative CNN bet their reputation on for over two years

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day. 2019


Without mentioning any names it is the United States military that keep you and I and everyone we know safe at night.

Thank you to the motivated and dedicated men and women who have served and serve today.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Think. Just think..............

“You can ignore reality but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.”- Ayn Rand

TESLA

I assume most TESLA owners have a little bit on the ball.

Maybe I assume wrong, that has been known to happen.

Why would anyone want to put their life in the hands of a TESLA autopilot?   I just can't imagine myself doing that.

Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ senior director of auto testing slammed the technology: 
“The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around. It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it."
CR said that multiple testers reported that the Tesla "often changed lanes in ways that a safe human driver would not—cutting too closely in front of other cars, and passing on the right." The article also expressed concern about Tesla's claims that three rearward-facing cameras could detect fast approaching objects.
Fisher continued: "The system has trouble responding to vehicles that approach quickly from behind. Because of this, the system will often cut off a vehicle that is going a much faster speed since it doesn’t seem to sense the oncoming car until it’s relatively close."
Fisher also said that merging is an issue for the software: “It is reluctant to merge in heavy traffic, but when it does, it often immediately applies the brakes to create space behind the follow car—this can be a rude surprise to the vehicle you cut off.”
"In essence, the system does the easy stuff, but the human needs to intervene when things get more complicated," Fisher continued.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

San Diego, truly America's Finest City...........

Flights from Texas' Rio Grande Valley to San Diego were slated to begin on Friday - continuing three times a week indefinitely.

Each flight will carry 120 - 135 people, according to the Border Patrol's interim San Diego sector chief, Douglas Harrison. 

Conservatively, that means at least 1,440 migrants per month, or 17,280 annually. 

The San Diego area has suffered from a lack of diversity and the strength therein for a long time. We are working with the President to make sure that we get our fair share of immigrants for a change, as the New England states have been showered in the gifts of diversity for some time. 

We feel that this is finally the time to make the San Diego area a delicious melting pot of color and strength. Our initial focus will be on the Carmel Valley area, expanding to Del Mar Heights and La Jolla. To do this we may have to forgo some of the usual background and health assessments so that we can get as many dreamers as possible. With hard work we will make San Diego great again. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

De Blasio for President

You can't make this up.

Want to see a city that is screwed up?   Want to see a city in rapid decline?

Look at New York City.

Want to see a city run by a Mayor who doesn't have a clue on how to make NYC or America great? 

This kook thinks he can be President?   GMAFB...........

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mothers Day, 2019. A rough week indeed..........

Obituary


Wanda Dean Hild, age 79, of Crossville, TN, passed away Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at Cumberland House in Crossville, TN.  She was born August 13, 1939 in Crossville, TN, daughter of Edgar Leland Sherrill & Minnie (Nail) Sherrill of Crab Orchard. 

Wanda was a homemaker and an avid flower gardener.  Over the years she received many awards in local fairs for her canning, gardening, cooking, sewing and painting.  She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and enjoyed learning new crafts and sharing her experience with others.  She was also a Sunday School teacher at the churches she attended, Bradbury United Methodist Church in Kingston, TN and more recently Oaklawn Baptist Church, Crossville, and loved teaching Bible School.  She loved to share her flower arrangements with friends and frequently provided the flowers for church services on Sunday.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Charles “Pepper” Hild of Crossville to whom she was married 63 years.  In the last years of her life she suffered from Alzheimer’s and Charles lovingly and faithfully dedicated himself to her care.  Wanda also leaves behind her daughter, Pamela Sue Parisian (Dean) and son, Adam Fredrick Hild (Lisa) both of Crossville.  Her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly are Hunter Parisian, CO, Jordan Parisian, GA, Leland (Destiny) Hild and Nathaniel (Megan) Hild, of Crossville and her Great-Grandchildren Branson, Slade, Piper and Scout. 

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers - Armonell Sherrill, Jody Sherrill, and Andrew "Buddy" Sherrill and sisters - Connie Davis, Pansy Oberg, Nellie Ann Skeen, Opal McNeal.  The lives of her siblings spanned a century with her oldest brother, Army being born in 1919.

A Memorial Service was held Thursday evening at Oaklawn Baptist church where pastor David Mahan gave the eulogy and her daughter and son shared treasured memories of their mom and the quotes that she used to provide them positive encouragement and prepare them for life - Words of Wisdom from Wanda.  Her husband, Charles spoke and graciously thanked the church, extended family and friends for their caring support.

The family encourages donations to the Hospice of Cumberland County, at 30 East Adams Street, Crossville, TN 38555 who provided excellent care and assistance. 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

There is one in every crowd...............

It probably plays out in every restaurant in America at one time or another.   It seems to always be the proud Democrat, getting loud, abrasive and nasty towards our President.

For sure, he's not perfect.  He's not Hillary. He's trying hard to drain the maggots from the infested D.C. machine.

What he is doing is keeping the dangerous far left at bay, at least for the moment.

Dude, you made an ass of yourself.

Think about it.

Trump is the only person standing between you and total fucking chaos.




Monday, May 06, 2019

Need a good laugh...........?

Imagine this.  Get ready now.

You will laugh your ass off.

Imagine waking up in January of 2021 and turning on your social media device and wait for it, imagine, saying to yourself,

President Cory Booker.    He's my President.

You can't make this up.   Liberals like Cory Booker would destroy this nation faster than Barry Soetoro did.

IDF. Light the candle...................

Not one of the more than 20 candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020 tweeted this past weekend about the nearly 700 rockets that Palestinian terrorists in Gaza launched against Israel over two days.

A ceasefire between Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip, and Israel went into effect Monday morning. But in the nearly two days since the Palestinian attacks started, killing four Israelis, not one Democrat saw fit to comment on social media about the subject — and there are scant signs any commented elsewhere.

President Donald Trump and his administration pledged their full support for Israel’s strikes in self-defense. The silence of the Democrats was first flagged by retired New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been a fierce critic of his party’s anti-Israel drift in recent years. Breitbart News reviewed the Twitter feeds of every Democratic presidential candidate and found no comments about the situation in Gaza and Israel.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Remember these numbers. $737 Billion and 2,400 Americans

The big numbers that are missing in this article is the number of limbs blown off, the number of suicides and the amount of money the American taxpayer is on the hook for to rehab the United States military men and women maimed in this conflict.

"The command said they no longer saw decision-making value in these data," reads a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). 
In remarks to reporters last week, John Sopko, the special inspector general, criticized what he called a trend toward less openness by the military authorities who are advising, training and assisting Afghan security forces. -AP
"I don’t think it makes sense," said Sopko. "The Afghan people know which districts are controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban obviously know which districts they control. Our military knows it. Everybody in Afghanistan knows it. The only people who don’t know what’s going on are the people who are paying for all of this, and that’s the American taxpayer."
The move comes amid a stalemate within the Trump administration, as the Pentagon has proposed sending nearly 4,000 more US troops into the conflict, which many in the White House oppose. Some in the White House have even propsed withdrawing completely(i.e. the non-interventionism platform Trump campaigned on) or handing over the American effort to private security contractors. 
And as AP notes, the decision to restrict battlefield information is but the most recent step in a trend of less transparency about the war in recent years - often at the insistence of the Afghan government, which has in previous instances stopped the US military from disclosing how many Afghans had been killed in battle, and the overall attrition within the Afghan army. 
The latest clampdown also aligns with President Donald Trump’s complaint that the U.S. gives away too much war information, although there is no evidence that this had any influence on the latest decision.
A government watchdog agency that monitors the U.S. war effort, now in its 18th year, said in a report to Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. military command in Kabul is no longer producing “district control data,” which shows the number of Afghan districts — and the percentage of their population — controlled by the government compared to the Taliban. -AP
In January, President Trump criticized the disclosure of battlefield information - telling reporters "Some IG goes over there, who are mostly appointed by President Obama — but we’ll have ours, too — and he goes over there, and they do a report on every single thing that’s happening, and they release it to the public," adding "What kind of stuff is this? We’re fighting wars, and they’re doing reports and releasing it to the public? Now, the public means the enemy. The enemy reads those reports; they study every line of it."
Trump then told acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan: "I don’t want it to happen anymore, Mr. Secretary."
When the US military last released battlefield data in January, it revealed that "Afghan government control was stagnant or slipping," according to the report, which adds that the share of the population under Afghan government control or influence - "a figure that was largely unchanged from May 2017 to July 2018 at about 65 percent" - had dropped in October 2018 to 63.5 percent. The Afghan government's control or influence of districts overall fell almost 2% to 53.8 percent
Less than two years ago, a top American commander in Afghanistan called population control “most telling.” Gen. John Nicholson told reporters in November 2017 that he wanted to see the figure, then about two-thirds, increase to at least 80 percent, with the Taliban holding only about 10 percent and the rest contested.
“And this, we believe, is the critical mass necessary to drive the enemy to irrelevance,” Nicholson said then.
Nicholson’s successor, Gen. Scott Miller, believes there already are enough such assessments available to the public, including one produced by intelligence agencies. -AP
"We are focused on setting the conditions for a political settlement to safeguard our national interests," said Col. David M. Butler, a spokesman for Gen. Miller in a Tuesday email exchange with AP. "The district stability assessment that was previously provided by DOD was redundant and did little to serve our mission of protecting our citizens and allies."
The Trump administration, meanwhile, has been making a hard push to encourage the Taliban and Afghan government to engage in peace talks after the Taliban launched a recent spring military offensive. The group has refused to speak directly with representatives from Kabul, which they view as a US puppet. 
The war in Afghanistan is largely forgotten in much of America, as is the enormous, continuing financial cost. This year the Pentagon budget includes $4.9 billion to provide the Afghan army and police with everything from equipment and supplies to salaries and food. That is one piece of a wider array of “reconstruction” assistance the U.S. government has provided since the war began in 2001, totaling $132 billion. -AP
The United States has spent $737 billion on the war and lost over 2,400 lives, according to the Pentagon. 

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