The United States is the top weapons dealer, the top weapons buyer, the biggest military spender, the most widespread imperial presence, the most frequent war maker, the most prolific over-thrower of governments, and from 1945 to 2017 the killer of the most people through war.
I often ask people to name eight countries bombed under president Barack Obama, and most cannot come close. Nowhere else on earth can people not keep track of their wars.
Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs bankers that a no-fly zone in Syria would require killing lots of Syrians, but told the public that a no-fly zone should be created.
The news that President Trump is seriously considering neocon Elliott Abrams for the key position of Deputy Secretary of State should alarm all Americans who want to "avoid the mistakes of the past," as Trump put it in his foreign policy speech.
Abrams stands for everything the President said he opposes: regime change, globalism, hostility to Russia, endless wars on behalf of ungrateful "allies."
What's more, Abrams consistently attacked Trump during the campaign, calling him a danger to national security. Why is the President appeasing his enemies?
No matter what you think of Trump, this must be stopped. Contact the White House and call your Senators!
The US was dragged into the Yemen war by the Obama administration in 2015, and started playing an active role – rather than just passively aiding the Saudis’ murderous assault – when we took out mobile Houthi radar installations in retaliation for the October incidents.
This is the context of the Trump administration's fulminations, with Trump's NS adviser Mike Flynn putting Iran "on notice" that the US is not going to "sit idly by." This was followed by the imposition of more sanctions on Iran, and the arrival of the USS Cole to the area, with more on the way. Signaling trouble on the horizon,Trump tweeted: “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!”
The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, answered Trump in a speech to Iranian military officials:
“The new U.S. president says Iran should thank Obama! Why?! Should we thank him for creating ISIS, the ongoing wars in Iraq and Syria, or the blatant support for the 2009 sedition in Iran?”
Mike Flynn’s ears must have burned when he got wind of this, for the Ayatollah’s accusation that Obama "created ISIS" echo his own contention that the previous administration pursued a policy deliberately aiding the forces that eventually were consolidated in the Islamic State. In an interview with al-Jazeera, Flynn said:
“Al-Jazeera: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?
Flynn: I think the administration.
Al-Jazeera: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
Flynn: I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
Al-Jazeera: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing.”
This underscores the big contradiction of the administration's anti-Iranian fixation. They denounce Iran as the number one supporter of terrorism, but the reality is that the Iranians are fighting – and dying – in Syria in battle against ISIS. And in Yemen, it is the Houthis, not the Saudis, who are the only force interested in taking on al-Qaeda.
The truth is that Moscow and Tehran have been doing the heavy lifting in the battle against the terrorist groups Trump vows to eradicate.
Most Muslim terrorists are creations of the US government. Al Qaeda was created by the Carter administration in order to confront the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan with jihadism. Reagan continued to arm them.
ISIS was armed by the Obama/Hillary regime in order to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya and then was sent by the Obama/Hillary regime to overthrow Assad in Syria.
Edited by anita j, 08 February 2017 - 05:56 PM.