Clueless Journalist Gets Dragged For Saying 'America Isn't At War' In Election Day Tweet

Analysis

Journalist Ezra Klein thinks America isn't at war. A lot of people on the internet (and the staff of Task & Purpose) disagree.


Klein, the founder and editor-at-large for Vox.com, made the claim in a tweet about the mid term election on Tuesday, opining on why the Democrats took the House of Representatives. Comparing 2018 to 2008 — when Democrats took power amid a war in Iraq and Afghanistan — Klein argued that the Tuesday election was a "pure repudiation" of Trump, since unemployment was so low and America was no longer at war.

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The only problem, of course, is that America is still at war in the same places it was in 2008, in Iraq and Afghanistan — albeit with a smaller footprint. And U.S. troops are still fighting and dying there: On the same day as Klein's tweet, the remains of Army Maj. Brent Taylor touched down at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware; he was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, leaving behind a wife and seven children.

And since 2008, the U.S. military has become involved in more places, carrying out airstrikes and engaging in firefights with militants in places like Somalia, Mali, and Tunisia. Then there was a battle with ISIS militants in Niger in October 2017, where four Americans were killed in the most deadly incident for U.S. troops in Africa since the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" incident.

Technically, Congress hasn't "declared war" and America is not in a state of war. But it certainly feels like war to the U.S. troops getting shot at in Syria or in Afghanistan. Indeed, when Vox itself describes what's happening in Afghanistan these days, the war is described as "America's longest war" — an accurate assessment for a conflict that continues 17 years and one month after the invasion that kicked it off.

Which is probably why Klein got dragged up and down the Twitter-sphere by soldiers, national security journalists, and everyone in between.

Here's a sampling:

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U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, observe protestors toss Molotov Cocktails over the wall of the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq, Dec. 31, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot)

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The wreckage of a U.S. Air Force E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft is seen after a crash in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan on January 27, 2020 (Reuters photo)

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The mother of Marine veteran Austin Tice told reporters on Monday that a top U.S. official is refusing to give permission for a meeting with the Syrian government to negotiate the release of her son, who went missing near Damascus in 2012.

"Apparently, somewhere in the chain, there is a senior U.S. government official who is hesitating or stalling," Debra Tice reportedly said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Debra Tice said she is not certain who this senior official is. She also praised those in government who are working to get her son back.

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In this June 7, 2009 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)

Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.

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