Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be holding a public hearing at night on October 30th, to discuss and prepare the American public for Trump’s war in Africa. The hearing will be focused on modifying our country’s existing authorization for the use of military force. Our existing authorization for the use of military force was enacted by Congress on September 14, 2001, which authorized the use of the United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001 and any “associated forces.”
Mattis and Tillerson are specifically having this public hearing on authorizations for the use of military force because the legality of starting a war in Africa under the current authorization is unclear. A war in Africa may be difficult to justify under current terms, because 9/11 occurred so long ago, with the groups they want to go to war with in Africa probably being too far removed from the perpetrators of 9/11.
It is very simple what is happening here. Presidents who engage in wars are able to boost their approval ratings significantly and cruise to re-election. Attacking North Korea is dangerous and risky because they have nuclear weapons and enough artillery pointed at South Korea to kill millions if a war were to happen. Trump can more easily start a war in Africa because it doesn’t carry the same risks as a war with North Korea would. A war in Africa is less risky and will still accomplish the same goal of boosting approval ratings.
President Trump signed a new executive order yesterday around 2 P.M., that dramatically expands the power of the Federal government to call back any retired service member into service, and it is already being used. The Air Force is now recalling at least 1,000 retired pilots per year to active duty, due to a “shortage”, according to the White House and Pentagon.