US war on Syria coming to an end (hopefully)

Does it feel more like this?

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Or this?

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Who gives a shit.  Trump did something right for a change and ended a war.  Call it victory or call it a defeat. Whatever makes you feel better.  Either way I’m celebrating the end, not the outcome. I wish the people of Syria the best, but one thing I know for sure is the majority of them will be better off without the USA bombing them or funneling weapons and money to one side or the other in a bloody conflict that’s none of Washington’s business.

A US war might actually end!

So Trump is planning to withdraw troops from 2, count them 2!, countries on the other side of the planet that the US Empire has been terrorizing for years while wasting trillions of dollars.  I was under the impression that the US only starts wars, not end them  You’re telling me American troops can actually leave a foreign country???  I read books in history class about the military leaving Vietnam, but I assumed that was just an old fashioned 20th century anachronism.  Kind of like Congress “declaring” war or someone in DC actually reading the constitution.

If the wars ending wasn’t great enough, the psychopath war criminal defense secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis has resigned over it!   This is truly an early Christmas present for any Libertarian who doesn’t secretly worship the Washington Regime.

I’m actually glad I voted for Trump.  First time in awhile I can say that.

Now Donald, don’t give in to the critics who hate you anyway and leave even 1 single CIA operative over there!  Bring the troops home from Syria and Afghanistan like your deplorable base has wanted all along.  And don’t stop there!  Next is Korea.  Then why not Germany, Japan, and the hundreds of other overseas bases that serve no purpose other than to make Lindsay Graham feel safe while the Lockheed execs cash their fat bonus checks!

A very bad man died recently

I speak of course of John McCain.  He was nicknamed by the establishment as a maverick because he agreed with the worst aspects of both the Democrats and Republicans.  That this tended to represent the establishment view on everything is what makes the nickname so absurd.  Simply being a partisan hack would be bad enough, but breaking with your party on the rare occasion when they’re actually right about something is a new level of evil and/or stupidity.

The last time McCain opposed a US military intervention was 1982 when he correctly criticized Reagan’s troop buildup in Lebanon.  Since then he has continued to criticize every US intervention, but his issue has always been that the Empire didn’t send enough troops, spend enough money, bomb enough buildings, kill enough people.  Never once, did this “maverick” take a step back and question why a local conflict in some far away, little understood corner of the world was any of his or the US State’s business.

McCain died despised by the majority of his own party’s base.  That makes me think there may some small shred of hope for the GOP in the coming years.  But despite all this, the average “conservative” in the US still has to spout the usual platitudes about him being a war hero.  This is complete rubbish.

Ask yourself,

What was heroic about volunteering for a military that had been engaged in the indiscriminate killing of civilians since at least 1942 (McCain entered the Naval Academy in 1958)?

What was heroic about bombing North Vietnam, with the full knowledge that helpless women and children were dying as a result, when they posed no threat to the United States?

What was heroic about being shot down?

What was heroic about being captured?

Ask yourself this.  If a foreign military was bombing your town, regardless of whether there was a Military base nearby or not, and one of their pilots crashed into your backyard, how would you react?

I know many otherwise honorable people served in Vietnam and other US Wars.  I know many were drafted and had very little choice in the matter.  But participation in an unjust war is not in itself heroic.  Being captured or tortured in the process doesn’t automatically make you a hero either.

And John McCain was not otherwise honorable.  He supported every unjust war that occurred during his lifetime and it wasn’t just lip service like some suburban soccer mom sporting a Support the Troops bumper sticker.  He was in a position to influence the US State’s War Machine and he used that influence for evil.

Let’s hope his death is the end of a very bad, violent, destructive era.

Some evidence that you can’t trust the Media

From The Hill:

The new package, while having little chance of being considered under the Republican-controlled House, is designed to put pressure on GOP leaders to take some action to rein in Putin, who has rattled western leaders with Russia’s annexation of Crimea; the ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine; continued support for the Assad regime in Syria; and Moscow’s interference in the 2016 elections, among other actions.

All lies and misleading half-truths

Crimea is full of Russians and was part of Russia from the 18h century until the 1950s when it was transferred to Ukraine which was then ruled by the same Soviet government as Russia.  The Russians have had a naval base there for hundreds of years.  The Russians living in Crimea held a referendum to leave Ukraine and be annexed by Russia that passed overwhelmingly.

Ukraine elected a pro-Russian government.  The US then funded a “revolution” that overthrew the democratically elected President and installed an anti-Russian government.  When the Russians living in the East of Ukraine tried to secede and join Russia the new anti-Russian Ukrainian government attacked them.  The US is the one that destabilized Ukraine.

Yes, Russia supports their secular ally in Syria which has been the case for decades.  The US under Obama and Killery decided to support Islamists who wanted to overthrow the secular dictator and establish a theocracy there.  The Hill doesn’t mention this.  Why is supporting a secular dictator that protects minority rights worse than supporting ISIS who want to drive all non-Shiite Muslims out of the country or kill them?

Show me any evidence that Moscow interfered in the 2016 elections.  All I’ve seen are a few thousand bucks on Facebook ads that are alleged to have been paid for by Russians and some indictments of Russians that will never stand trial.  All the “evidence” to support these indictments is of course classified and will never be revealed meaning it probably doesn’t exist.  Did Russia try to interfere in the 2016 election?  Who knows, but I’m 100% sure it didn’t have any noticeable effect compared to the billions spent by Killery and the nonstop media propaganda in her favor.  Also, why not look into other countries that we know try to influence our elections and have in the past.  The UK?  Israel?  Saudi Arabia?  I’m more worried about them than Russia.  And the US has interfered far more in Russian elections since the end of the Soviet Union than the reverse.

So anyway, just tune this garbage out.  It’s all Deep State propaganda and it always has been.  It’s just getting more and more blatantly obvious everyday.  Anyone who watches or reads CNN, NBC, Washington Post, New York Times, etc. and thinks they are getting any information close to the truth is just plain stupid at this point or completely and utterly brainwashed.

Trump Derangement Syndrome

What’s always amazing to me is people’s blind partisanship when it comes to politics.  It’s one thing for some Democrat or Republican party hack to change their views based on whatever the current president or a wealthy donor thinks.  They’re just trying to gain power for themselves.  But people who consider themselves principled conservatives or progressives wind up doing the same thing without realizing it.

Consider the left’s current obsession with Trump and their automatic “resistance” to any and all actions taken by the president.  It exposes both their willingness to abandon long held principled positions at a moments’ notice while also showcasing the ridiculous hypocrisy and conflicting belief system inherent in their ideology to begin with.

  1. Trump supports protectionism and opposes free trade.  So now the Left sides with giant outsourcing corporations who open “sweatshops” in China and import cheap goods to the USA.  I seem to remember a time when the Left was very supportive of the Labor movement and opposed so called Free Trade agreements.
  2. Trump attacks the media on a regular basis.  So now the Left holds up the Corporate Media as some kind of bulwark of free speech that must be protected and believed at all costs.  I seem to remember a time when they fretted over the consolidation of the big media companies and didn’t believe them.  But they simultaneously want YouTube and other Tech companies to silence any opinion they disagree with
  3. Trump likes Russia.  So now the Left hates Russia and is willing to risk WWIII to “stand up to Putin.”  Didn’t the Left once really like Russia?  FDR?  Bernie Sanders?  What happened?
  4. Trump hates Bush.  Now they yearn for the days when good ‘ol W lied us into the Iraq War.
  5. Trump wants to get US troops out of the Middle East and stop spending money on endless wars there.  So now the Left things that’s irresponsible and of course “we” have to overthrow the evil Assad regime in Syria.  But at the same time it was wrong of Trump to pull out of the treaty with their main ally and supporter Iran.
  6. Trump thinks NATO is “obsolete.”  Now the left loves NATO and thinks it must remain sucking on Uncle Sam’s teet forever and ever.
  7. Trump wants to enforce immigration law and thinks Congress should lower legal immigration numbers.  Now the Left thinks it’s a hate crime to make Hondurans live in Honduras.  Of course I’m sure if conservative White Americans moved to Honduras they’d have a problem with that.  They side with the  Koch Brothers and the giant Agribusinesses and fret that some vegetables might “rot in the field” and we’ll have to pay five cents more for strawberries.
  8. Trump criticizes the FBI and CIA.  Now the Left loves the “intelligence community.”  This one is probably the one that strikes me as the most bizarre.  I never thought the Left would be holding up known liars and war criminals from the evil US State as heroes in their fight against some populist politician.

There is no difference between the current Left and John McCain.  There are no principles left on the Left.  They’ll support any position or politician as long as it or he is in opposition to Trump.

To be fair many on the right have had similar shifts.  They’ve dumped the neocon, crony capitalist dogma of the Bush years to back Trump while the Left has largely embraced that same dogma.  I think to some extent Trump is a reflection of these shifting views rather than the cause, but I’m sure there are some who just believe anything Sean Hannity tells them.

I guess the only principled pundits and politicians all along were the neocons.  They’ve remained firmly in the anti-Trump resistance and are ready to switch political allegiances to serve their only true concerns: Israel and endless war.  God help us if the Left gets power again and allows these evil monsters to regain positions of influence in the Democrat party.

For what it’s worth, I think Trump’s trade policies are horrible, although I generally oppose the misnamed “Free Trade Agreements.”  I support his overtures for peace with Russia and North Korea and his criticism of NATO while I disagree with ending the Iran deal.  I favor lower immigration levels although making private business enforce the laws or building a wall are not my preferred methods for achieving that.  I love how he disparages the Media and our suddenly sacrosanct intelligence agencies.

Cold War Debates

I listened to the Tom Woods Show interview with Kevin Gutzman today.  It was an interesting interview.  I have read a few books by Professor Gutzman which were excellent, and he’s clearly a much smarter person than I am.

But I need to take issue with some debate they had over the Cold War and Vietnam.  Gutzman is a conservative and defends both.  His argument seemed to boil down to a few points:

  1. If the US hadn’t “fought” the Cold War the Soviet Union would probably still be around today.
  2. South Vietnam would still be an independent country if it wasn’t for Watergate weakening Nixon and emboldening anti-war Democrats who abandoned them.
  3. South Korea and West Germany would have fallen to the Soviets if the US had abandoned them like they did Vietnam.

Although it’s impossible to know how history would have played out if American politicians had acted differently, I don’t necessarily think Gutzman is wrong about most of this.  But I still have a major issue with this line of thinking.

On point one, it seems entirely plausible that Reagan’s military buildup and SDI initiative hastened the collapse of the Soviet Empire.  But it’s not an argument to say that the Cold War was worth it because Russia now has a different economic and governmental system.  If Vladimir Putting called himself General Secretary instead of President would that mean I’m in danger all of a sudden?  Like many conservatives that came of age in that era he just takes it for granted that the USSR was automatically an existential threat to Americans and our way of life without having to actually justify it.

On point two, it’s basically a big fat who cares.  I’m sure the people of South Vietnam would have been better off if they hadn’t lived under communism all these years.  But they did, and nothing changed in America as a result.  However, the war itself led to great upheaval and an undermining of many of the values conservatives are supposed to care about.  So even if “we” had won, why would that matter to people who lived in the USA in 1964 who had never heard of Vietnam until their government invaded it?  Conservatives have no problem with people living under police states or dictatorships until the governments call themselves communists or Islamic.  Then all of a sudden it’s a moral issue or a threat to the world or something.

On point three, I’d have to argue that we, as Americans, would have been better off if our government hadn’t intervened to keep these half-nations “free.”  If South Korea had fallen to the damn commies, they wouldn’t be as prosperous as they are today.  But look what happened in Vietnam.  Maybe a united Communist Korea would have evolved more like Vietnam and the North wouldn’t be the horrible police state murder factory it is today.  And at any rate, from an American point of view, we wouldn’t continue to have 30,000 soldiers there acting as a human sacrifice to trigger a war should North Korea ever decide to invade South Korea.

As for West Germany, it’s basically the same argument as Korea.  But I would also say I have my doubts that a United Germany could have been held in check as a Soviet Satellite for forty years.  So maybe not dividing it up after WWII would have hastened the end of the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe had the Soviets insisted on occupying the whole thing.  And if they didn’t try to occupy the whole thing, then the US didn’t need to defend them anyway  We’ll never know what would have nappened.  We do know, however, that the US wouldn’t have an incredibly expensive and permanent military beaurocracy in Europe that has far outlived its intended purpose if we hadn’t created it to defend West Germany in the first place.

And as a final argument against any of this meddling, I’d like to point out the following:

  1. The USA didn’t have to enter WWI.  There was absolutely no threat to North America as a result of the hostilities taking place in Europe in 1917
  2. Because the USA entered WWI, the allies didn’t have to reach a peace agreement with Germany, and Russia continued the unpopular war.  This allowed the communists, with the help of Germany, to take power and create the Soviet Union in the first place.
  3. It also allowed France and Britain to win a decisive victory and impose a harsh peace on defeated Germany.  This lead to economic chaos in Germany and a feeling of injustice that allowed the Nazis to take power.
  4. So US intervention in WWI lead directly to the circumstances that created WWII.
  5. The USA insisted on unconditional surrender in WWII so that the German government could not make peace without signing their own death warrants.
  6. The Soviet Union took over Eastern Europe and suddenly became a “threat” to the USA because they won an unconditional surrender from Germany in WWII (with the help of the USA).
  7. I’ll skip over all the bad things that happened during the cold war because I discussed some of them earlier in this post, but obviously it cost a lot of lives and money.
  8. To fight the evil commies the USA supported Arab terrorists in Afghanistan who were fighting the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.
  9. Those same Arabs then turned on the USA over our government’s Middle East policy, itself a relic of the Cold War power struggle for resources.  They bombed the World Trade Enter in New York City.
  10. The Bush regime then launched the never ending Terror War that is still going on today.

No matter what motivations or reasoning anyone uses for an aggressive or militaristic foreign policy, it always leads to unintended consequences that then lead to calls for further interventions to counteract those consequences.  It never ends.  Don’t go to war (or fund a war) unless you are under a direct physical threat to your homeland.  It’s never worth it.  It never makes things better.

Trump’s best friend locks up teenage girl for slapping someone

Trump’s (and really, all Americans’) master, Benjamin Netanyahu arrested and continues to jail a sixteen year old girl for slapping and pushing some Israeli soldiers who were trespassing on her family’s property.

Let’s give him another couple billion. He needs it to protect his poor, innocent, weak, government from evil little girls.

Trump doubles down on stupid Jerusalem decision

128 Nations are against moving the Capital of Israel to Jerusalem.  Now I don’t care who lives in Jerusalem or where the Israeli government decides to put its headquarters.  And I’m all for cutting off aid to the UN.

But of all the things to take a stand on, why is the location of the US Embassy in some tiny country in Asia worth upsetting the vast majority of the world’s governments?  Explain how this benefits average Americans?  Wasn’t that supposed to be the whole point of a Trump presidency?  America first?  He was supposed to stop putting the interests of globalists, neocons, international banksters, etc. before those of normal, everyday American citizens.  So why is he making his biggest foreign policy initiative a totally symbolic move designed to pander to Sheldon Adelson and Bill Kristol while angering the entire Muslim world and just about all of Europe?

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What happened to America First?

Explain to me how moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem benefits the average American citizen in any way. I can see how it could benefit war profiteers and a lot of American Israeli-Firsters might like it, but what is that, about 0.1% of the US population? So I’m not seeing much benefit, but I am seeing some serious downsides:

  1. The cost of moving the embassy.  How many hundreds of millions of taxpayer/inflationary dollars will it cost to move the perfectly good embassy that already exists in Tel Aviv?
  2. The cost of securing the new embassy in a much more dangerous place?  How many millions or billions in additional security will be flushed down the toilet so Trump can make our Israeli masters happy? Not to mention the increased risk to US diplomats if the security fails.
  3. Inflaming tensions all over the Middle East.  This has a number or potential repercussions:
    1. Makes our corrupt politicians hand over even more of our money to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. to subsidize their militaries that will be stressed trying to put down possible riots
    2. Americans (or any Westerners really) trying to do any business in Middle Eastern countries will now be even bigger targets for Muslim violence.
    3. Blowback. Possible terror attacks on the home front.  Not only does this kill or injure random Americans who probably don’t give a shit about Israel, it leads to possible new overseas wars and increased surveillance/reduction in liberties here at home.

Now the upsides for non-Neocons and non-merchants of death:

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I’ll have to get back to you if I think of anything.

So anyway Trump, thanks for cutting my taxes, but stop sucking up to Netanyahu and put America First.

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