It’s possible that some kind of Jedi mind trick has been played on Donald J. Trump to convince him to launch 59 missiles, spend $100M and end a few lives in a country the US has never been invited to yet feels compelled to continue to muck up as they did Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
After all, Mr. Trump did tell Americans back in 2013:
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We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!
10:29 PM – 12 Sep 2013
But apparently, when one is continually pressured by political criminal misfits and a main stream media that has been calling for action against Russia, Syria and any other country they think needs regime change, culling or just controlled, a president eventually caves, no matter what he believes.
And what did Trump get for his order to drop a few bombs on a country we’ve never been invited into? Praise, praise, praise – with MSNBC’s Brian Williams calling the bombing of Syria “beautiful” and even more accolodes raining down on him from other media clowns and morons.
Leading Congressional Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – quickly praised Trump’s bombing while raising concerns about process. Hours before the bombing commenced, as it was known Trump was planning it, Hillary Clinton – who has been critical of Obama for years for not attacking Assad – appeared at an event and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning. – Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept
One wonders where the adults are. Evidently, they’re aren’t many here in the US, given Trump’s actions and the bobble heads nodding their approval. We here at the Asylum have let this one settle a bit without comment, waiting for coherent thought rather than the knee-jerk reaction initially heard from America’s war machine, politicians and media types who won’t be sending their children off to any war they have an obsession to start.
The elder sage, former Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul, had some adult thoughts on all this. Speaking to RT: (RT.com)
Ron Paul said that there is no proof of Damascus’ guilt that could trigger such a rash and violent response from the US.
“I don’t think the evidence is there, at least it hasn’t been presented, and they need a so-called excuse, they worked real hard, our government and their coalition.”
This is not the first time something like this has happened in Syria or elsewhere, Paul said, but now it is convenient to pay attention and react immediately.
“If any of this was true, I don’t know why they couldn’t wait and take a look at it. In 2013, there were similar stories that didn’t go anywhere, because with a little bit of a pause, there was a resistance to it built in our Congress and in the American people.
They thought that it was a fraud and nothing like that was happening, and right now, I just can’t think of how it could conceivably be what they claim, because it’s helping ISIS, because it’s helping Al-Qaeda.”
“From my point of view, there was no need to rush. There was no threat to national security. They have to give a reason to do these things,” Paul added.
He went on to say:
“I don’t believe that our people or the American government should be the policemen of the world, it makes no sense, it causes us more trouble and more grief, it causes us more financial problems, and it’s hardly a way that we could defend our constitutional liberty.”
This policy clearly does not lead to peace, Paul told RT.
“The peace talks have ended now. They’re terrified that peace was going to break out! Al-Qaeda was on the run, peace talks were happening, and all of a sudden, they had to change, and this changes things dramatically! I don’t expect peace talks anytime soon or in the distant future.”
And from another sound mind – Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, from his article on Alternet.org
Over half a million Syrians are dead. Half the population is displaced. There is sadness across Syria, from one side of the firing line to another. Aerial bombardment by the Americans, the Russians, the Syrians and others continues to devastate Syria and Iraq. The Americans recently admitted to a major atrocity in Mosul, where 200 civilians have been killed. That attack did not seize the Security Council or bring forth fulminations from the Western press. Hypocrisy is central to the morals at the Security Council. This does not mean one should not be horrified by what has happened at Khan Shaykhun.
But more than anything, the international community must urge a thorough investigation of these events before rushing either to a forensic judgment about what happened and to a response—particularly a military response—in retaliation. Sober heads need to prevail. War is rarely the answer. Particularly when we don’t as yet know the question.
Indeed! We hardly heard a whimper from the main stream media over the atrocity in Mosul. And the absence of main stream media reporting on the deaths of thousands of women and children in Yemen is astonishing, yet not surprising when you have a government, along with a willing press that decides what should you be outraged about while ignoring all the rest.
But this particular attack (if it was indeed a real attack at all (see here and here and here) is one we’re supposed to be outraged enough to say, Yes! – bomb ’em. The other atrocities where innocents are killed apparently is okay.
As Dr. William Wedin explains from his wonderfully excellent article at Russia-Insider.com
The US, in particular, was happy to give Saddam the chemical precursors to “gas his own people” (the Kurds whom neocons now love) so long as Saddam gassed over 70,000 Iranians during the Iran/Iraq War as well.
The US, the UK, Germany, Norway, Kuwait, and Qatar all want Assad to go because they all want a pipeline built from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies up through Syria to the Mediterranean–thereby eliminating Europe’s need for Russian oil, while also eliminating the need to ship their oil in tankers through the Iran-threatened Strait of Hormuz.
It is Assad who’s refusing to let that pipeline be built through Syria because he’s an ally of both Russia and Iran. So…
“Assad must go!”
Whether Trump can cast off the destructive influence of the neocon’s he’s surrounded himself with and overcome either his stupidity, arrogance, or the Jedi mind trick that he has succumbed to at the hands of evil souls who demand more power, more control and more wars, remains to be seen.
But no big deal, it’s just another war far, far, away…right? And our kids won’t be going to fight in it, right? One thing to be sure of…those who make war won’t be sending their loved ones into battle.
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