More Drums of War

Make of this what you will: Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad’s forces

And: Putin says expects ‘fake’ gas attacks to discredit Syria’s Assad

I’ve not yet heard of any more evidence regarding the ‘proof’ of nerve agents being used, just those 3 ‘suspected cases’ when there were allegedly hundreds more victims. Have you? Maybe I missed it, I’m kinda busy here updating the Food Assets website with new images.

Still no food sales, so people in America are either totally unconcerned or so broke they can’t make preparations. The big concern for Americans of course is having to engage in yet another war. I do not believe that provoking Russia or China (or any country) is a smart move. I also believe that Trump is a very stupid man and is going to renege on every ‘promise’ he spouted.

I could add to this list of “fails” myself, this is just the short list I’m sure. Trump is a bloody disaster, but war is always good for business, especially for the fools he’s appointed into his Cabinet. And it appears so far that this story is true: Donald Trump owns stock in the Tomahawk missiles he authorized to launch. Another source here. Well, that didn’t take long, to go from “no more bombs” to bomb-profiteer.

Lets hope this sort of investigation becomes the “new normal” as Americans finally wake up to who and what Trump really is (we’ve got a long, long ways to go).

I don’t suppose the Trumpanzees are bright enough to feel betrayed yet – but I’ve no doubt they will. Trump will swiftly go down as the most hated President yet, unless he pulls his head from his ass (unlikely), reverses his disastrous decisions (unlikely), keeps his commitments and promises (unlikely) and apologies to all the people he’s already betrayed (unlikely). Obviously, none of this is going to happen – and he’s edging the world closer and closer to a regional war and ultimately, a world-war.

Does ANYONE besides a brain-dead war hawk want this? Would ANYONE want an incompetent child in charge of America’s national defense in wartime? If you are not scared – you should be.

In any case, pay attention here as the Empire ramps up for more war, unfolding right now. It will ultimately affect you, no matter who you are or where you live.


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10 thoughts on “More Drums of War

  • April 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    “Would ANYONE want an incompetent child in charge of America’s national defense in wartime?”

    I don’t think Trump is “in charge.”

    I think of all the pre-election commentators, Paul Craig Roberts pinpointed the problem with a Trump presidency the best:

    Essentially, Roberts said, let’s grant that Trump wants the kind of foreign policy he says he does: a decrease in imperial adventures, improved relations with Russia, and a refocusing from empire building to more domestic priorities.

    Trump, as a political outsider, has no real network of people who share his vision. When he gets into power, he’s going to be surrounded by the same people who ran things under Obama and Bush. Without intimate knowledge of who to promote to key positions, and who to remove from key positions, the structure of government says the same. Trump gets in, then, and everyone who surrounds him feeds him information and recommendations that reinforce the neoconservative imperial agenda. This being all he hears from his staff and advisors, this will be the “reality” that he accepts and acts upon.

    That was Robert’s prediction and—without knowing what’s going on inside Trump’s head—it appears to have come true. At least, it is functionally true now.

    Trump is a man of the material world, not principles and ideas. My suspicion is that he’ll simply adjust to the reality that the Deep State calls the shots, that the POTUS is simply a figurehead, and go along with the ego trip of being The Man.

  • April 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    My concern is Trump’s child-mind. He’s a petulant child and acts irrationally, often making claims and statements that have no basis in reality. Even worse, we already have evidence that he acts irrationally.

    Roberts comments must be dated. Trump DELIBERATELY picked ‘insiders and those who want military conquest. He HAD to know this. It was a stunning development as we all know, breaking every promise he made to clean the swamp, avoid more war and reign things in (if you believed it – I did not).

    It’s very concerning to consider what it means to have a petulant child at the helm. His ego is massive, monumental even. Gargantuan. As he adjusts to his new powers, who’s to say he won’t try to be Superman and think he’s going to conquer the world?

    I don’t know – I only know that these are scary development from someone who I cannot trust even slightly (in part because he did such a miserable job with his appointments). They cannot be trusted either.

    • April 11, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      I’m a long time Green Party voter, so no, I voted for Stein in 2016, not Trump.

      That said, I was disgusted with his appointments as well. There’s no question that Trump has failed to surround himself with people who could have helped him implement the foreign policy agenda he ran upon. Roberts spoke of the difficulty of putting the right people in, and this is exactly where Trump has fouled up.

      Why did he foul up? Lack of experience with and within government, weak character, mediocre intellect, numerous psychic failings, and also, I suspect, a good deal of just plain laziness:

      “Trump has the support of some powerful ideologues (most notably Bannon), and he has a world view, inchoate as it is, but he’s a very flawed man. Despite being very good at getting what he wants, it is undeniable that he lacks discipline, focus, and a broad base of understanding. Nor does he self-identify as being ideologically driven. Bannon may want to be the Lenin of the right, Trump does not.”

      I don’t think Trump was secret neoconservative all along. I think instead that he’s a fickle man who just doesn’t have the willpower, stamina, or intellectual chops for doing the balls-on hard work that fulfilling his campaign promises would have required. It’s not that he was lying all along, but that when he got elected, he found the commitment too exhaustive.

      Character is destiny:

      “It’s very concerning to consider what it means to have a petulant child at the helm. His ego is massive, monumental even. Gargantuan. As he adjusts to his new powers, who’s to say he won’t try to be Superman and think he’s going to conquer the world?”

      I agree that his psychic failings are immense. Ian Welsh seems to agree with your points on that:

      “That Trump is getting really good media on this [striking Syria], especially on TV, is particularly bad. Trump craves approval, and he is being trained, right now, to be violent. The consequences of this are potentially catastrophic.”

  • April 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Two different views of what’s going on with Trump right now, from commenters on the Moon of Alabama Blog:

    1) Trump was never sincere about his positions (Jerry):

    “I’m afraid Trumps commitment to a non-interventionist agenda was only superficial. As a businessman he saw a niche in the political market (the interests of working class people, so against illegal immigration, offshoring jobs and neocon interventions) and he played it for what it’s worth. An additional benefit is that it was contra Obama who he hates. So when Obama starts wars all over the Middle East, Trump claimed to want peace. When Obama struck a deal with Iran, Trump wanted to nuke it. Same with TPP, Obama care etc. In the same way I suspect that Trumps hatred for Mexico comes from several botched business deals in Mexico that cost him a lot of money.

    “Now that Trump has what he wants (the White House and giving Obama the finger), he is only interested in ‘winning’. So when the Bannon-Flynn wing couldn’t give him victories, he started to go with the Kushner-Cohn wing. Trump seems to be very opportunistic without any commitment to a principled policy. And with people he acts the same: anyone remember how he dropped Christy and Gingrich after they campaigned for him? Same with Flynn: he dropped him for no good reason. Now that Bannon is downsized too, there is only the same neoliberal-neocon administration left that we had with Obama, Bush and Clinton.

    “It looks like there is no deep strategy behind the sudden switch concerning Syria. Trump just wants to look good and he saw an opportunity to get it in an easy way. And he did get it: the MSM is suddenly loving him, the Trump-is-Putin-meme has all but disappeared, his approval rate just bumped up and the Israel-lobby is elated. It is not even that Trump sold out his voter-base. He was never committed to them in the first place and now they’re in for a rude awakening – how sad!”

    2) Trump was sincere about his positions, but was incapable (for whatever reason) of implementing his policies (Banger):

    “As I see it little of the Syria policy has much to do with Syria policy. We see a naked struggle for power in Washington. This struggle has been brewing at least since the Syria operation started came out more in the open, more or less, in the 2013 false flag gas attack. You saw there the marriage of both Democrats and Republicans in pushing for War. Against this newly united faction realists in the military and other national security agencies opposed drastic military action and for three years there was a back and force–sometimes the War Party held some advantage and sometimes the realists dragged their feet. In late September of 2016 the realists seemed to have some momentum and the Kerry/Lavrov agreement was signed. With stunning swiftness the agreement was condemned by the War mongers and SecDef Carter mutinied and scuttled the agreement within a week. This was the first time I’ve seen such an open and obvious soft coup within the National Security State and Obama was stripped of his power. Part of why Carter did this is because everyone knew that Trump could not win so Clinton would hit the ground running and go into full-tilt war. Washington was held by the War Party and when Trump entered Washington he entered a town bent on War! Inc. all the way every day.

    “I’m guessing that the War Party made Trump an offer he could not refuse and he complied and probably convinced himself that he was doing the right thing–what else could he do? The office of the President does not grant you automatic rule over the Washington establishment as many people falsely believe–that power must be seized and few Presidents have been able to do that. I have no idea if Trump is playing possum and waiting to fight another day or if he is merely content in being Head of State and letting the bureaucracy (Deep State) run the government without interference.

    “Just so you know–by “Washington” I mean the entire apparatus of the Deep State which includes major corporations, foreign oligarchs, and governments like Saudi Arabia, Israel and the EU all who favor the War Party. This way they can utterly ignore the interests and preferences of the American people whose interests are of no account in Washington.”

    I think I agree with Banger, that Trump has just found it too difficult to implement his policies (“that power must be seized”). Perhaps he thought that being President would be like being a CEO, you just give orders and employees follow them or get fired. (“You’re fired!”) But in government, everyone has an agenda, everyone has connections, every move you make is watched and reported on, and you can’t just hire and fire whoever you like.

    I suspect we’ll be speculating on these issues for the remainder of the Trump Presidency.

  • April 12, 2017 at 2:06 am

    A Multi-level Analysis of the US attack on Syria
    By The Saker

    “My son perfectly summed up what Trump’s actions have resulted in: “those who hated him still hate him while those who supported him now also hate him“. Wow! How did Trump and his advisors fail to predict that? Instead of fulfilling his numerous campaign promises (and his own Twitter statements) Trump decided to suddenly make a 180 and totally betray everything he stood for. I can’t think of a dumber action, I really can’t. I have to say that Trump now appears to make Dubya look smart. But there is much, much worse.

    “The worst aspect of this clusterf**k is how utterly immoral this makes Trump appear. Think of it – first Trump abjectly betrayed Flynn. Then he betrayed Bannon.

    “And now Trump has betrayed HIMSELF by turning against everything he, himself, stood for. This is almost Shakespearean in its pathetic and tragic aspects!

    “During his campaign Trump made a lot of excellent promises and he did inspire millions of Americans to support him. I personally believe that he was sincere in his intentions, and I don’t buy the “it was all an act” theory at all. Just look at the total panic of the Neocons at the prospects of a Trump victory and tell me this was all fake. No, I think that Trump was sincere. But when confronted with the ruthless opposition of the Neocons and the US deep state, Trump snapped and instantly broke because he is clearly completely spineless and has the ethics and morals of a trailer park prostitute….”

    • April 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      I disagree with the Saker in regards to whether this was an “act” on Trump’s part. He claims Trump was sincere which is where I disagree. Trump’s record screams insincerity. He didn’t suddenly become sincere when he ran for office – he’s always backstabbed his people (employees, business partners, associates). Betrayal is what Trump does – it is part of his success.

      I believe he crafted an act during his entire Presidential campaign. Naivety will only go so far – experienced in business (but not government) he knew already that it would be impossible to keep his so-called promises (which when you examine them, they were over-the-top, unrealistic and at times, vague).

      Trump is Trump, the man he has always been. A weak, spineless, blustering, bumbling fool. As President, he’s a weak, spineless, blustering, bumbling, self-absorbed fool. And now he wields immense power – a extremely dangerous condition for a fool.

      It is FUCKING ABSURD that the media (some of it anyway) is having to use terms like ‘thermonuclear war’ when describing Trump and his actions. Does the world even grasp the significance of this?

      This inexperienced fool, just a few months into office, has managed to raise the discussion to World War III levels, based upon his careless actions. It was he, after all, that gave the authorization. You cannot lay all the blame on others, the buck stops with the Commander in Chief.

      “This is bad. Really bad. This means that the Russians have basically given up on the notion of having an adult, sober and mentally sane partner to have a dialog with. What this also means is that while remaining very polite and externally poker faced, the Russians have now concluded that they need to simply assume that they need to act either alone or with other partners and basically give up on the United States.”

      I’ll say. The world had damned well sit up and pay attention here because if they do not find a way to resolve this, we are all in severe trouble.

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