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:
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
"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:
The global warming we should be worried about is the global warming caused by NUCLEAR WEAPONS in the hands of crazy or incompetent leaders!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2014
The only global warming that people should be concerned with is the global warming caused by nuclear weapons because of our weak U.S. leader— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2014
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:
Hillary Clinton's foreign policy is much scarier than Donald Trump's, who does not want to go to war with Russia. #PeaceOffensive— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) October 14, 2016
@DrJillStein @DeanLeh so ur ok with leader of the #brownshirts getting elected instead of Clinton? #GoAwayJillStein U R wrecking the Country— SafetyPinDebrianna (@DMansini) July 18, 2016
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.News Front said simply: TRUMP IS THE PEACE CANDIDATE, CLINTON IS THE WAR CANDIDATE
I met some really great Air Force GENERALS and Navy ADMIRALS today, talking about airplane capability and pricing. Very impressive people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
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.
Trump: Clinton Could Start World War III in Syria https://t.co/fdp4E3RZsk pic.twitter.com/uj2qCVQaEJ— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) October 27, 2016
Clinton's saber-rattling against Russia, a nuclear power, is an existential threat to human survival. She is dangerous. #DemsInPhilly— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) July 29, 2016
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.
Hillary's no-fly zone means not only bombing Syrian cities, it means shooting planes down & potential war with Russia. #GreenTownHall— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) October 12, 2016
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,
Under Hillary Clinton, we could very quickly slide into nuclear war with her declared policy in Syria. I call for a #PeaceOffensive.— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) October 14, 2016
“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.
Hillary Clinton wants to declare a no-fly zone in Syria which means declaring an air war against Russia. She is dangerous. #debatenight— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) October 20, 2016
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