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Friday, December 23, 2016

fake Left's "Peace Candidate" starts a new nuclear arms race!

The beginning of the Trump Presidency is now less than a month away and already it's clear that this will be the most reactionary and dangerous White House in living memory. In his cabinet picks he has surrounded himself with billionaires and generals, and his very closest advisers are well known white nationalists. This is how Amy Goodman described his pick for Defense Secretary:
Donald Trump referred to retired General Mattis by his nickname "Mad Dog," which he reportedly received after leading U.S. troops during the 2004 battle of Fallujah in Iraq. Mattis enlisted in the Marines at 19. He fought in the Persian Gulf War, in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, where he served as a major general. In May 2004, Mattis ordered an attack on a small Iraqi village that ended up killing about 42 people attending a wedding ceremony. Mattis went on to lead United States Central Command from 2010 to 2013, but the Obama administration cut short his tour over concerns Mattis was too hawkish on Iran, reportedly calling for a series of covert actions there. Mattis has drawn criticism over his apparent celebration of killing, including saying in 2005 about the Taliban, "It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
In his campaign, Donald Trump promised to greatly strength the US military and yesterday we had this very troubling tweet from The Donald:
That same day, Russian President Vladmir Putin said:
"We need to strengthen the strategic nuclear forces, for that we should develop missiles capable of penetrating any current and prospective missile defense systems."
When asked to clarify the tweet, Trump told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski:
“Let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass … and outlast them all.”
All recent US presidents have worked to lower the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons, realizing that the seven thousand plus nuclear warheads held by both the US and Russia are more than enough. Now it looks like that trend it to be broken and we off to a new nuclear arms race.

There are two great threats to humanity's future on this planet. One is global nuclear war and the other global warming. One is a quick death, and the other a slow one but either could definitively end this million year experiment we call human life on Earth. Compared to these two show stoppers, everything else can be overcome, everything else can be resolved, given enough time.

We are now to have a president intend on increasing the first danger while denying the second! He clearly sees a relationship between the two, connecting them is a constant theme of his:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein didn't find Donald Trump's position on global warming particularly troublesome, she told an incredulous Washington Post Editorial Board:
the country would be no better off electing Ms. Clinton, who promises to continue Mr. Obama’s progress on warming, than Mr. Trump, who has said the whole thing is a hoax invented by the Chinese.
Then her campaign targeted Hillary Clinton as the most dangerous:

The fake Left helped put these fascists in the Oval Office by asking people not to vote for the lesser of two evils and even by painting Donald Trump as the lesser of the two evils. Before the election we heard a steady drumbeat from this fake Left, calling Clinton the "Warmonger" and trumpeting "The Donald" as "The Peace Candidate." Below is a sampling of Left rhetoric from Election Year 2016 some would just as soon we forget. I am publishing this because it is important that we remember.

Rosa Brooks called Donald Trump "The Peace Candidate" in Foreign Policy, 28 July 2016:
He alone can end 70 years of dangerous tensions with Russia — by extending a hand of friendship to our longtime adversary.

Justin Raimondo, writing for AntiWar.com, 29 February 2016, thinks the military-industrial complex is finished now:
If Trump secures the nomination, the way is paved for transforming the GOP from the party of perpetual war to the party that honors the long-forgotten “isolationist” Sen. Robert A. Taft, who used to be celebrated as "Mr. Republican." And if Trump actually wins the White House, the military-industrial complex is finished, along with the globalists who dominate foreign policy circles in Washington.
Glen Ford claimed in Black Agenda Report, 30 March 2016, that Trump is way to the Left of Clinton on foreign policy. Ford said "he's damn near anti-empire":
“Trump has rejected the whole gamut of U.S. imperial war rationales, from FDR straight through to the present.”

First, Donald Trump’s campaign showed that his white supporters couldn’t care less about the Republican elite’s economic agenda – in fact, they hated it. Now, “if Republican voters accept Trump’s assault on the ideological rationale undergirding U.S. foreign policy and its imperial structures, there will be nothing left of the GOP for the corporate rulers to defend.” If only the Democrats would split along the same lines.

William Greider, writing in The Nation, 23 March 2016, thought Donald Trump could be the military-industrial complex’s worst nightmare:
The Republican front-runner is against nation building. Imagine that. Trump wants to get the United States out of fighting other people’s wars. He thinks maybe NATO has outlived its usefulness.
John Pilger writing in counterpoint, 23 March 2016, said the war danger came from Clinton, not Trump:
He says the invasion of Iraq was a crime; he doesn’t want to go to war with Russia and China. The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton.
Jean Bricmount writing, in counterpunch, 30 March 2016 called Trump a non-interventionist:
He is the first major political figure to call for “America First” meaning non-interventionism. He not only denounces the trillions of dollars spent in wars, deplores the dead and wounded American soldiers, but also speaks of the Iraqi victims of a war launched by a Republican President. He does so to a Republican public and manages to win its support. He denounces the empire of US military bases, claiming to prefer to build schools here in the United States. He wants good relations with Russia.
Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, 6 April 2016
Cohen argues that only Donald Trump has said anything meaningful and critical of US bipartisan foreign policy. In effect, Trump has asked five fundamental (and dissenting) questions. Should the United States always be the world’s leader and policeman? What is NATO’s proper mission today, 25 years after the end of the Soviet Union and when international terrorism is the main threat to the West? Why does Washington repeatedly pursue a policy of regime change, in Iraq, Libya, possibly in Ukraine, and now in Damascus, even though it always ends in “disaster”? Why is the United States treating Putin’s Russia as an enemy and not as a security partner? And should US nuclear-weapons doctrine include a no–first use pledge, which it does not include? Cohen argues that Trump’s questions are fundamental and urgent,

William Blum writing on his blog, called Clinton "a war criminal who should be prosecuted:" 
“My main concern is foreign policy. American foreign policy is the greatest threat to world peace, prosperity, and the environment. And when it comes to foreign policy, Hillary Clinton is an unholy disaster. From Iraq and Syria to Libya and Honduras the world is a much worse place because of her; so much so that I’d call her a war criminal who should be prosecuted.”
John V. Walsh writing in Consortiumnews, called Trump "the relative peace candidate":
“My main concern is foreign policy. American foreign policy is the greatest threat to world peace, prosperity, and the environment. And when it comes to foreign policy, Hillary Clinton is an unholy disaster. From Iraq and Syria to Libya and Honduras the world is a much worse place because of her; so much so that I’d call her a war criminal who should be prosecuted.”
Time will tell but I think these Leftists are dead wrong.
The fake Left also did quite a bit of fearmongering in this election year. It became a propaganda staple that Hillary Clinton's call for a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians might involve shooting down Russian planes and that could lead to World War III, so we dare not do that. But when the slaughter in Aleppo was reaching a fever pitch, its not the United States that is able to negotiate a ceasefire with Russia, it was Turkey, a country that actual has shot down a Russian warplane in recent memory. They should also learn the lessons of this history.

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
Jill Stein & US Green's make the Left look like a clown act
@DrJillStein now officially 'the Ralph Nader of 2016'
Where #NoDAPL covers for mass murder
Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist

Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!

Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria


  1. You're damn right Clay. I don't always agree with you, but on this I do.

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  3. Is Rosa angling for the same kind of position she occupied in the Obama administration?

  4. Google "Jill Stein" Clinton nuclear war. You'll get stuff like this: