We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The stated rationale is word salad, but the actual rationale is transparent and consistent: if you hate the West, you're fine. If you oppose the Left, you're a hater and literally dangerous OMG you guyz. That's what all the drivel about "safety" amounts to.
I echo Texan99's sentiment, with a slight modification. To the new elites, the real war in their world is over who shall control America - politically and culturally more than economically (though they do like money). What happens in places like Afghanistan is not real to them. Those aren't real people, they are only counters on the game board for the real struggle in DC, NYC, LA, etc.
Assistant Village Idiot
Yup. Dead-naming in some blue enclave in the U.S. is "literally" murder, but putting people to the sword in Afghanistan is a distant abstraction. It's not going to affect my re-election or my chances of tenure.