President Trump has consciously (perhaps purposely) surrounded himself with zio-neocon war hawks. His most recent addition to his team of advisors, John Bolton, is yet another example proving my first statement. As well, we have previously noted on this blog the preponderance of Jews in Trump’s administration and his inner circle.
Trump is, via his tweets, threatening acts of war against Syria and Syria’s leader, Bashar al Assad over this alleged chemical attack of a few days ago.
Questions for thinking about:
1. There were reports last week on some Internet sites saying that Israel was insisting that the US go to war against Russia, Iran and Syria as soon as possible. This was before this alleged chemical attack had occurred. Is the timing of this alleged chemical attack on civilians in Syria merely coincidental to Israel’s calls for war?
2. Why the rush to judgment and to possible actions (acts of war) over this alleged incident? Is not the more prudent course to investigate to determine if a chemical attack did occur, and if so, who was responsible for it? This is what the Russian ambassador to the UN has been calling for at the UN Security Council these past few days. (One is reminded of the rush to clear the debris in lower Manhattan from the collapse of the twin WTC towers in 2001. A crime scene needs to be fully investigated before it is sanitized (cleared away with possible critical evidence destroyed).)
3. Is this the way a great nation ought to conduct its foreign policy, by the chief executive rushing to judgment and rashly threatening both minor countries and major powers, via Twitter?
4. When will we have open, honest, and reasoned debate over US foreign policy in that hellish region of the world, the Middle East? Is this not allowable in our supposedly free society? One question as part of such a debate would be and is: What (specifically, precisely) are the US objectives in the Middle East and North Africa? What are our “vital” interests in the region?
5. Who benefits from these military operations and wars the US undertakes in the region? Surely, the US does not! With much blood and treasure expended since 2001, where is the benefit for the American people? The fact of the matter is that the US does not need oil from the Middle East as we have plenty of our own both onshore and offshore. (Let the Europeans, the Chinese and the Japanese defend Middle East oil fields if they want to.) Precious Israel does not need US protection. As everyone in the region knows, Israel possesses WMDs (atomic bombs, plenty of these) and also possesses the will to use these as has been conveyed to Israel’s neighbors over the years. As to the so-called War on Terror, the aim ought to be destroying terror networks and punishing and deterring their state sponsors, not nation building and long-term military occupation (as has occurred in Afghanistan, and for a shorter period in Iraq). Hmmm, as to state sponsors, we need to look critically at the oil rich gulf states and to Riyadh (from where did the Islamic State get so much of its funding?!).
recent history made by the US in North Africa and the Middle East
After 16 plus years of occupation, the Afghans are awfully tired of US troops in their country. Some recent reports assert that roughly 2/3 of the country is again controlled by the rather resilient Taliban.
Iraq is a fractured society that will be building and rebuilding for decades to come and is not likely to ever be a true and stable nation state.
What have been the fruits of the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, promoted and approved by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama? First, consider Libya today, several years after Colonel Moammar Gaddafi was deposed. There are now slave markets in Libya. The ongoing refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Italy are coming through Libya from other African countries. Libya internally, despite the outward façade of a government of national unity, is divided up among various radical and anti-Western groups. The Libyan people by any objective measures are worse off now than they were under their long time leader, Gaddafi. (To be fair, the Europeans share guilt here. They used the shrill and distorted headline that Gaddafi was going to use his military against his own people in Benghazi as their justification for their bombing runs against Libya in 2011. The old Colonel was going to put down a rebellion by what we now know were not democrats but murderous fanatics of various stripes.)
For seven years, as part of the spreading Arab Spring of early 2011, many diverse groups have been striving to topple Assad in Syria. To what purpose? We know that Israel feels threatened by any strong nationalist leader anywhere in the world (as nationalism equals “anti-Semitism”). From very early on, the US government has been calling for the removal of Assad. Yet, there is no credible evidence that Assad has supported any terrorism directed against the US. One of the blow backs against the West in Syria has been the millions of Syrian refugees that have flowed into Europe in the past few years. Has it really been all that wise to destabilize Syria since 2011? As in Libya, the Syrian people were better off prior to this civil war than they are now. As well, Christians in Syria were not being slaughtered for their religious beliefs prior to the start of this unwanted “civil” war (really an attempt at regime change).
The endless lethal drone strikes throughout the region by the US that often kill innocent civilians (non-terrorists) are serving to create many more enemies for America.
Another very troubling development in the past 3 years is the proxy war being fought between the Saudis and Iran in Yemen. The Saudi blockade of Yemen has created a staggering humanitarian crisis in that country, the brunt of which is being born by the Yemeni women and children (non-combatants). Millions are at risk of death through disease and malnutrition. President Trump enjoys approving arms sales to the Saudis, who then use some of these arms against the poor Yemeni civilians.
my advice for President Trump
Stop listening to the war hawks in your cabinet and your inner circle. As well, do not listen to psychopaths like Senator John McCain. Try leading for a change in the area of foreign policy. Keep the interests of the American people foremost in mind. As well, be a peacemaker – you have the power to be a force for good in the world. Do not squander that opportunity to promote peace.
Not yet time for a shot of whiskey here on the West Coast of North America, but the current troubles of the world are enough to drive a simple man to drinking, sorry to say.
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