Trump: Deep State Shill or “Peace Candidate”?

--Oops. It looks like my freedoms have escaped again. This time, they’ve wandered off to Syria. Darn. Fortunately, Trump’s sent the troops to get them back.

[Cue the trumpets and chanting]

A friend posted this up on Facebook (yes, I’m back on social media) this morning…

Above the picture he posted a link to an ominous article by Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

McAdams wrote this week:

“Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions. This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.”

Those who lean into Trump might be thinking “He’s just doing what he said he would — to take out ISIS.”

Here’s the thing…

Even if we supported further intervention in Syria (we don’t), we’re not so confident ISIS is the full impetus of these boots on the ground. More on that, though, in a moment.

First things first…

Same Crap, Different Hairdo?

Many of those who lambasted Obama for his endless parade of drone strikes (one, on average, every 5.4 days) shoudn’t shrug their shoulders when they hear Trump has, from Inauguration Day to this week, approved at least 36 strikes in less than two months. About one every two days.

With no shortage of “collateral damage” (translation: innocent lives lost) either.

(Hey, at this rate, Trump might leave the Oval Office with two Nobel Peace Prizes.)

Nor should their knee-jerk response to the recent escalation of war in Syria be that it’s the fault of someone else (Deep State, Obama, Clinton, etc.).

As Thomas L. Knapp put it: “Trump is now the commander in chief of the US armed forces. Even if the Obama regime PLANNED to put artillery, infantry and logistic elements of a Marine Expeditionary Unit in Syria, the decision as to whether or not to go through with it was entirely up to Trump and he owns 100% of that decision.”

Finally, supporters also shouldn’t take lightly what Mike Pence, Twitter’s verified Prince of Platitudes, had to say about the recent #Vault7 revelations out of Wikileaks.

Rather than taking issue with the incredible bombshells dropped on the American people about their government’s dastardly deeds, Pence found it better fit to continue Obama’s legacy of threatening whistleblowers.

“Trafficking in national security information,” Pence told Fox News yesterday, “as is alleged WikiLeaks has done here, is a very serious offense.”

“It represents a compromise of the security of the American people,” he said.

[Hmm… but spying on them through their television sets and leaving backdoors in their devices doesn’t?]

“This president and this administration,” Pence went on, “will take that very seriously and use the full force of the law and resources of the United States to hold all of those to account that were involved,” he added.

“If proven to be true and confirmed publicly, I can assure you that no resource will be spared in holding those [to] account that have leaked information that could well constitute a compromise of methods and a compromise of national security.”

Riiiight.

So Let’s Take Stock…

So far, there’s been, as mentioned, at least 34 drone strikes under the Trump administration.

Little interest, once again, has been given to the so-called “collateral damage.” In fact, this silent callousness for the innocent foreign lives lost by these attacks is all-too familiar.

It was only Navy SEAL William Owens, you’ll recall, who received a moment of somber recognition after the disastrous Yemen raid. Despite, of course, the deaths of several Yemeni men, women and children as a direct result of the raid.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, reporting on what White House press secretary Sean Spicer called a “successful operation by all standards,” said this in the Intercept:

“The raid in Yemen that cost Owens his life also killed 30 other people, including ‘many civilians,’ at least nine of whom were children. None of them were mentioned by Trump in last night’s speech, let alone honored with applause and the presence of grieving relatives. That’s because they were Yemenis, not Americans; therefore, their deaths, and lives, must be ignored (the only exception was some fleeting media mention of the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, but only because she was a U.S. citizen and because of the irony that Obama killed her 16-year-old American brother with a drone strike).”

This is, Greenwald points out, typical of the Deep State war machine and its mouthpieces:

“This is standard fare in U.S. war propaganda: We fixate on the Americans killed, learning their names and life stories and the plight of their spouses and parents, but steadfastly ignore the innocent people the U.S. government kills, whose numbers are always far greater.”

Trump, the Peace Candidate?

Trump raised plenty of ruckus regarding the disastrous policies which created ISIS, destabilized the Middle East and put us in the precarious position we find ourselves in today.

It’s for this reason many of his supporters saw him as the “peace candidate” before he took office, overlooking his open advocacy for increasing the already vast size and scope of the U.S. military.

But, alas, the War on Terror is alive and well. In fact, this fake war has an even bigger teat from which to suckle.

And, sure, to concede for a moment to the interventionists, it wouldn’t be as bad if it were really about ending terrorism. But, the Deep State is a crafty beast.

As troops prepare an assault on the main ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, one would be far from paranoid to ponder if this is merely another Deep State move on the Grand Chessboard.

“On March 5th,” Daniel McAdams says, “RT ran footage of a US military convoy entering Syria near Manbij. The US mainstream media initially blacked out the story, but the Post today confirmed that the troops were from the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Stryker vehicles.

“What is important to understand about this sudden escalation of US involvement,” he explains, “is that if this ‘race to Raqqa’ is won by the US military rather than by Syrian government forces, the chance that the US will hand the territory back to the Assad government is virtually nil. In other words, this is an operation far less about wiping ISIS out from eastern Syria and much more about the United States carving out eastern Syria as a permanent outpost from where it can, for example, continue the original neocon/Israeli/Saudi plan for ‘regime change’ in Syria.”

Is this really, then, about ISIS or eradicating terrorism? The only answer which comes to mind, we’re afraid, appears in the form of another question: Has it ever been?

McAdams goes on:

“The United States is making a military bid for a very large chunk of sovereign Syrian territory. Something even Obama with his extraordinarily reckless Middle East policy would not dare to do.

“How will the Russians react to this development? How will the Russians react if increased US military activity on the ground in Syria begins to threaten Russian military forces operating in Syria (with the consent of that country’s legal government)?  With President Trump’s’”get along with Russia’ policy lying in the tatters of a Nikki Haley at the UN and a Fiona Hill at NSC Staff, how differently might the Russians see US actions in Syria than they might have only a month or so ago?

“Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news.”

[Ed. note: Indeed, the Fog of War is thick. We’re interested: What’s your take? Email it: Chris@lfb.org.]

Until tomorrow,

Chris Campbell
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today

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