Foreign Policy

My Armenian Uber driver today – who only spoke passable English – went into a tirade about U.S. foreign policy since the 1950’s. He told me about the Shah of Iran, the Iraq/Iran war, Libya, funding the Taliban, and how all the destabilization has lead to the growth of ISIS. I told him that maybe…

President Trump’s Disappearance

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 21.04.2017

President Trump’s Disappearance

Paul Craig ROBERTS

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.

But yesterday the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. “The sword stands ready,” said Pence as if he is the commander in chief.

Perhaps he is.

read further at http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/04/21/president-trump-disappearance.html

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US Turns Blind Eye on Real National Security Threats

Andrei AKULOV

US Turns Blind Eye on Real National Security Threats

With all the hue and cry raised about the threats to US national security coming from the Islamic State, Syria, Iran, North Korea, China, the «assertive Russia» and many others, the real threats are largely kept out of public discourse. At least, they are not on the priority list where they should be.

One of them had been kept out of spotlight until coming to prominence on April 18 – the day President Trump singled out MS-13 – a street gang with Central American roots – as «one of the gravest threats to American safety». The president signed an executive order calling for the Department of Justice to convene a task force to go after transnational criminal organizations like MS-13.

Read more at http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/04/21/us-turns-blind-eye-real-national-security-threats.html

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Forget the Trumanite mythology

by Justin Raimondo, April 19, 2017

Originally published July 28, 2013

 

As to who did in reality fire that shot, Bruce Cumings, head of the history department at the University of Chicago, gave us the definitive answer in his two-volume The Origins of the Korean War, and The Korean War: A History: the Korean war started during the American occupation of the South, and it was Rhee, with help from his American sponsors, who initiated a series of attacks that well preceded the North Korean offensive of 1950. From 1945-1948, American forces aided Rhee in a killing spree that claimed tens of thousands of victims: the counterinsurgency campaign took a high toll in Kwangju, and on the island of Cheju-do – where as many as 60,000 people were murdered by Rhee’s US-backed forces.

Read further at http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/18/who-really-started-the-korean-war-2/

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Coddingtons Corner: Trump’s Massive War Power Giveaway

Trump’s Massive War Power Giveaway

The U.S. military under Trump is quickly morphing into judge, jury and executioner of any enemy they see fit and are, as recent events suggest, free to attack them in anyway they choose.
By Whitney Webb |

President-elect Donald Trump, center, listens to a member of the military in the stands as he watches an Army-Navy NCAA college football game at M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Last year, as Trump’s front-runner status in the Republican primaries began to truly unnerve the conservative establishment, several figures emerged as possible “fail-safes” to the increasing inevitability of a Trump-Clinton showdown. One of these figures was former four-star general James Mattis, now Secretary of Defense, who was courted by “an anonymous group of conservative billionaires,” as well as former aides of the Bush family. According to the Daily Beast, the billionaires numbered nearly a dozen and were comprised of “influential donors” and “politically-involved billionaires with deep pockets and conservative leanings.”

Read further at http://www.mintpressnews.com/trumps-massive-war-power-giveaway/226908/

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Coddingtons Corner: Jared Kushner — A Suspected Gangster Within the Trump White House

WAYNE MADSEN | 17.04.2017 |
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has emerged as a significant influence within the policy-making apparatus of the White House. After a rather public imbroglio with Trump’s strategic policy adviser Stephen Bannon over the U.S. cruise missile attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria, Kushner is «in», as they often say in Washington, and Bannon is «out». In any case, the anti-globalist faction, which is led by Bannon, has received verbal «thumbs down» on several fronts from Trump.

Read further at http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/04/17/jared-kushner-suspected-gangster-within-trump-white-house.html

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Coddingtons Corner: Trump’s not the new Hitler… he’s the new Kaiser Bill

Germany’s Great War leader was a blustering, reckless gambler who took the world over the abyss. Sound familiar?

Andrew J. Bacevich

8 April 2017

Massachusetts

All politicians wear masks. Donald Trump’s favourite is that of Maximum Leader. It was on display during this past week. ‘If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,’ he said at the weekend, ahead of his meeting with Xi Jinping — a throwaway comment that could end up causing mayhem in the Far East. Next, his reaction to news of a chemical bombing in Syria. Trump blamed the atrocity on his predecessor’s ‘weakness and irresolution’, suggesting that he is keen to show the world what strength and resolve look like. The President, it seems, is not too dissimilar to the nightmare his political enemies warned us about: a nuclear-armed hothead itching to show the world how tough he is.

continue reading via https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/trumps-not-the-new-hitler-hes-the-new-kaiser-bill/#

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Ann Coulter: Lassie, Come Home

by ANN COULTER 12 Apr 2017

War is like crack for presidents. It confers instant gravitas, catapulting them to respectability, bypassing all station stops. They get to make macho pronouncements on a topic where every utterance is seen as august.

On the other hand, Trump’s Syrian misadventure is immoral, violates every promise he ran on, and could sink his presidency.

read further at http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/04/12/ann-coulter-lassie-come-home/

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The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

Glenn-Greenwald-Original_350.jpgGlenn Greenwald
April 7 2017

But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”

Read further at https://theintercept.com/2017/04/07/the-spoils-of-war-trump-lavished-with-media-and-bipartisan-praise-for-bombing-syria/

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This Isn’t the Foreign Policy Trump Campaigned On

He is proving more aggressive and adventuresome than Obama was.

By ROBERT W. MERRYApril 7, 2017

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It may be too early to tell for sure, but Donald Trump is looking more and more like a phony. He’s also looking like a weakling. And a political ingrate. All this is coming into stark relief with accelerating events involving Syria. The United States launched dozens of missiles against Syrian military installations to retaliate for the chemical attack on rebel-held territory. Thus did Trump demonstrate that, to the extent that his foreign policy differs from that of his predecessor, it is more aggressive and adventuresome than Obama’s. That’s the opposite of how he campaigned.

Continue reading http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/this-isnt-the-foreign-policy-trump-campaigned-on/

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Coddingtons Corner:  Woodrow Wilson made democracy unsafe for the world — by James Bovard

Let’s stop kidding ourselves. The U.S. role in World War I had disastrous consequences.

This week is the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s speech to Congress seeking a declaration of war against Germany. Many people celebrate this centenary of America’s emergence as a world power. But, when the Trump administration is bombing or rattling sabers at half a dozen nations while many Democrats clamor to fight Russia, it is worth reviewing World War One’s high hopes and dire results.

Wilson was narrowly re-elected in 1916 based on a campaign slogan, “He kept us out of war.” But Wilson had massively violated neutrality by providing armaments and money to the Allied powers that had been fighting Germany since 1914. In his war speech to Congress, Wilson hailed the U.S. government as “one of the champions of the rights of mankind” and proclaimed that “the world must be made safe for democracy.”

read more at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/04/woodrow-wilson-democracy-world-war-james-bovard-column/99959474/

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