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The Daily BeastFeb 17, 2020
Trump Gives Up on ‘Endless Wars'—and Russia, China, and Iran Move In
John MooreJERUSALEM-Two decades of expanding operations against what United States Special Operations Command called a "global insurgency of state and non-state actors" has led to fatigue at home and questions abroad about U.S. strategy.

The latest Trump administration deal with the Taliban, challenges to the U.S. role in Syria and Iraq, and a potential reduction of forces in Africa point to a global trend in how the U.S. will deal with counter-insurgency in the future. 

What we're looking at is a global drawdown in U.S. forces committed to counter-terrorist operations at the same time President Donald Trump is demanding other countries, including NATO allies, do more. The idea is for the U.S. to focus on using technology, such as drones, while local forces do the fighting on the ground.

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The Daily BeastFeb 16, 2020
Democrats Come Up With an Election System That Could Hand Victory to Trump
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyI've read and heard a lot of comparing Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign to Donald Trump's 2016 in this respect: In both cases, you're looking at a party outsider popular enough to get not a majority of votes but a respectable plurality, and the party couldn't unite to block it. The Beast's own Matt Lewis wrote a smart take on this just the other day.

One should be careful in comparing Sanders to Trump. Sanders is not a Democrat, but at least he has been in Congress a long time and has caucused with the Democrats all that time. So he didn't just materialize out of nowhere as Trump did.

Also, he's not an amoral gangster. He's a humane and decent person.

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