What started as an effort to hurt the candidacy of Donald Trump by claiming he was a Russian “puppet” or “agent’ in 2016 has turned into an all-out campaign of hate against America’s former cold war adversary. This is a country, that despite being relatively impoverished by Western standards, and having zero ability to attack the United States without committing instant suicide, is still a significant power in the world. They can have a major impact on their region of the globe in both Europe and Asia through their control of resources and a military presence in their near abroad.
The effort on the part of the media, Democrat Party, and the Neocon wing of the GOP to turn Russia into a pariah state like they have with Iran, Cuba, North Korea, etc. could be a disaster. Remember, while those regimes have survived despite the hardships imposed on their citizens by US sanctions, efforts to demonize Mao’s China lead to the Korean War, and efforts to demonize Saddam Hussein lead to two disastrous wars in the Middle East in recent decades. Muammar Gaddafi in Lybia and Manuel Noriega in Panama both lead to full scale wars and the overthrow or their governments. Attemps at overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria has lead to the rise of ISIS.
Try isolating and overthrowing Putin and see what happens. It won’t be pretty.
I’m holding out hope he’ll be sort of a Ronald Reagan type. Reagan isn’t the God-like figure that many Fox News watching conservatives think he was. He was pretty bad in a lot of ways. In fact I’d say he was probably worse than his predecessor, the much maligned Jimmy Carter. Perhaps I’ll get into this topic more in a future post.
Still, Reagan was somewhat of a mixed bag while everyone who has followed him has been pretty much all bad. The political class thought Reagan was a loose cannon who would start WWIII. Trump was thought by some (including me) to be more of a realist on foreign policy, but he’s started out his presidency basically threatening every foreign country on the Neocon/Hillary Clinton enemies list. So now a lot of Libertarians and paloeconservatives at least, thinks he’s a mad man too.
As an aside, isn’t it interesting how Trump’s almost insanely hawkish demeanor thus far has actually earned him some new found respect among many in the DC establishment? Reagan’s anti-Soviet rhetoric was considered a political liability by the US ruling class in the early 1980s, but Trump’s respectful comments about Vladimir Putin made him unfit for office as far as the Democrats, Neocons, and most media outlets were concerned.
But back to the point of this post…
If we look at what Reagan actually did:
- Talked a lot of shit about the USSR (Russia)
- Bombed an Arab country (In his case Libya), but never did anything further
- Put a small number of Marines into an Arab country (Lebanon, and then pulled them out after a bunch of them were killed).
- Spend a ton of money on weapons.
Trump’s basically done those 4 things. And make no mistake these were all really bad things with both Reagan and Trump* But that was pretty much it with Reagan. He really wasn’t a war president. He invaded Granada which took a few hours, but that didn’t escalate into anything serious. At any rate, I think Trump can probably avoid sending troops into a tiny Caribbean island.
Let’s just hope Trump, like Reagan, ends up making friends with Russia (like he promised repeatedly during his campaign). Let’s hope his bombing of Syria and Afghanistan was the end of those interventions, and he let’s the US gracefully bow out in defeat. And let’s hope the troops he’s sent to Syria get pulled out. And maybe we’ll be lucky and it won’t take over 200 dead marines for him to do it. And I obviously don’t want increased military spending, but I’m guessing the price tag on a new aircraft carrier named U.S.S. Donald trump will be less costly than a full scale war.
It’s amazing to think that from about 1975 until the Bush Dynasty assumed power in 1989 and immediately invaded Panama, then Iraq, and then Somalia, the United States was more or less at Peace. At least compared to the 1990s and certainly compared to the post 9/11 21st century.
Trump could still return us to a less bellicose foreign policy and let us relax on that front. We’ve got enough problems in this country, that we don’t need to be debating who should rule Ukraine, or Syria, or some islands in the Indian ocean as if it’s any business of the average American. The people that voted for him certainly didn’t do so because they wanted to fight North Korea.
I’m losing faith that this “return to normalcy” can happen. But I still see a small glimmer of hope. However, it is fading fast.
*I would like to point out that I think the Soviet regime was horrible and communism is/was a very bad political and economic system. So I don’t have a problem with the president expressing that as Reagan did. I just don’t believe the Cold War, NATO, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, etc. contributed to the security of the United States. They were all a waste of money and lives as far as average Americans were concerned. Ronnie should have been more worried about what was in the interests of United States citizens and less obsessed with his crusade to destroy the Evil Empire. Regardless of how badly the Soviet regime treated its citizens, they weren’t suicidal and could have been dealt with like other world powers. The US didn’t have to constantly be on the brink of nuclear war in the twentieth century, and we don’t need to be now either.
Despite the completely irrelevant Nazi analogy by the CNN idiot, this is a pretty good job by Rand Paul. He’s a little too much of a politician for my tastes. Not as much of a straight talker as his father. But you’ve got to love the swipe he takes at McCain near the end.
I should have known better, but I thought here was a guy who didn’t owe the establishment anything. Everyone with any significant power during the Bush-Obama years was against him. They did everything in their power to destroy him and prevent him from winning the presidency. The media, virtually every well known politician, Hollywood celebrities, Wall Street, “respectable” Europeans, the foreign policy “establishment.” They were all aligned against him, and despite whatever party affiliation or claim to impartiality they may have held prior to 2016, they all did whatever they could to restore the Clintons to power.
And Trump specifically campaigned against Mid-East Wars. Aside from immigration it was his number one issue. He said it wasn’t in American interests to intervene in all these foreign conflicts and he was right. I certainly had my doubts about him, but I thought at least he won’t mindlessly attack, bomb, or invade these Muslim countries anymore. At least there will be less war under this clown than there was under Obama. Certainly less than there would be under a Clinton regime.
Less than three months in and he’s bombed Syria because of some chemical weapons attack that will almost certainly turn out to be a false flag. Or maybe an instance where the Syrian military bombed a warehouse where the rebels were storing chemical weapons. Why did he do it? Because he was upset that “beautiful babies” were killed. So he bombed a country and is ready to escalate a war that was winding down. This escalation will certainly result in even more dead babies. It will result in more refugees flooding the West including the United States. It will inspire more terrorists.
Incredibly, he seems ready to risk war with Russia to overthrow the Syrian dictator which is pure insanity. This after promising for the past year that he would get along with Putin.
Fuck Trump. He’s completely betrayed his campaign rhetoric in the first hundred days. He only won the presidency because he repudiated the neocons in the primaries and then immediately after taking office became a neocon himself. I mean would Jeb Bush be much different as far as actual results are concerned? Trump tried to pass Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare light and denounced libertarians and conservatives that were against it. He’s done nothing on immigration other than a travel ban that was immediately blocked by some Obama era judges. The troop buildup in Eastern Europe continues unabated. The man who called NATO “obsolete” just enthusiastically expanded it by adding Montenegro. (Please explain to me how Americans benefit from Montenegro being under US protection. What happened to America First?)
Is there anything positive coming? Doesn’t look good to me.
I guess at least TPP is dead. Although even Killary campaigned against that thing.
Don’t join the military. Don’t wave the flag. Don’t support the D.C. regime under any circumstances. Don’t put any faith in any candidates for office. Even supposed outsiders will immediately capitulate and go along with the Deep State the minute they assume the presidency.
Here’s a great quote:
“Everything that [McCain] says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy that’s advocated for war everywhere. He would bankrupt the nation.”
“And actually, we’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge because I think we would be in perpetual war,”
He’s right of course. John McCain is a crazed psychopath who never met a war he didn’t want to immediately involve the United States in militarily. To him there is always a good guy and bad guy in every foreign dispute and the USA has to recklessly charge in and help the good guy. If hundreds of thousands or millions of people get killed along the way? No biggie. “We” meant well and that’s all that matters. And of course any foreigner who survives a US war of aggression is welcome to move to the United States at taxpayer expense. And US troops can never leave these foreign lands and the wars can never officially end. “We” must occupy the conquered country permanently.
The people of Arizona, and indeed all Americans, should be ashamed that a man like this sits in the US Senate. (Although to be honest a lot of horrible people have “served” and continue to “serve” in Congress.)
I am also glad to see that Ron Paul’s son is opposing any position in the Trump Administration for the neocon John Bolton:
“I think John Bolton would be much closer to McCain than Trump and I think that his history of sort of acting on his own, my fear is that secret wars would be developing around the globe. So no, I think he would be a bad choice,”
Michael Flynn resigned. 99% of the American people have never heard of this guy, but it’s huge news because he spoke with the Russian ambassador, US spies recorded it, and he didn’t tell Vice President Pence that he spoke to them. The War Street Journal is up in arms:
In just a few weeks, the nascent administration is being weighed down from within, sidetracked by dishonesty and potential ethical lapses as well as attacks from his own supporters and fellow Republicans.
Dishonesty and ethical lapses? Oh my God! I just can’t imagine a presidential administration that isn’t 100% honest and ethical. Impeach Trump now!
John McCain can’t stand it:
“It’s a dysfunctional White House, and nobody knows who’s in charge,”
Whatever asshole. Flynn wanted good relations with Russia so he had to go even though he was a warmongering maniac when it came to most other countries. Can’t say I’ll really miss him all that much, but let’s just pray we don’t get some straight up anti-Russian Israel-first neocon as a replacement.
This is what Trump gets for surrounding himself with too many Establishment Republicans who would be more comfortable with a Mike Pence or John McCain than they are with Trump who they view as a threat. Most of his own subordinates will stop at nothing to derail many of his stated objectives, particularly his foreign policy which isn’t nearly anti-Russian or generally belligerent enough for them.
Can Trump stand up to these bastards? I have serious doubts that he’s up to it. And even if he does, they can always manufacture some scandal involving the dreaded Putin to shut him up or possibly even drive him from office.
He vows to block the Israel-First warmonger Elliot Abrams from being named Deputy Secretary of State.
I guess Rand is actually taking Trump’s America First talk seriously. Good for him.