by Kathie MM
“To avoid [losing the throne], I defeated [my enemies’] rebellion, and planned to lead an army to the Holy Land….Therefore, my Harry, make it your policy to focus the distracted minds of the people with foreign wars. Military actions abroad will make people forget about troubling matters….”
Maybe Donald Trump’s escalation of military involvement in Syria is not an effort to distract the minds of the American public from troubling matters like his cabal’s connections with shady Russians and Ukrainians, or his claim that Obamacare will “explode,” or his racist immigration policy, or his plans to tax and seize land to wall off Mexico.
Maybe, like Richard Nixon, he believes that by simultaneously blowing the trumpets of threat and patriotism, he can redeem himself from an historically low approval rating.
Maybe he is merely trying to increase the fortunes of his billionaire buddies in the military-industrial complex.
Or maybe he wants to assure Americans that even if he spends every spare moment playing golf or tweeting, he can still wage a war and kill as many civilians as the next guy—certainly more than Obama, whom he accused of being “weak” on Syria.
But whatever his rationale, we had better start paying attention.
Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut, gives us fair warning: “Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It.”
Concerned that Trump’s increase in American ground forces in Syria could mire us in another divisive and deadly combat akin to or worse than the Iraq War, Murphy asks: “First, what is our mission and what is our exit strategy?… Second, do we have a political strategy or just a military strategy?”
I have my own questions: When will we RESIST government policies of killing civilians and spreading hate through imperialistic military aggression that benefits the few and harms the many—in the US itself as well as the people in the lands we attack?