Despite the widespread hope among libertarians, classical liberals, non-interventionists, progressive peaceniks, and all those opposed to the U.S. Empire that it may have some of its murderous reins pulled in with the election of Donald Trump, it appears that such optimism has now been dashed. While the hope for a less meddlesome U.S. foreign policy is not completely extinguished and would never have existed had the Wicked Witch of Chappaqua been elected, a number of President Trump’s foreign policy actions, so far, have been little different than his recent predecessors.
President Trump’s biggest blunder was his acquiesce to the Deep State’s driving out of General Michael Flynn, the most Russia friendly among Trump’s foreign policy entourage. Since Flynn’s abrupt departure, there has been little talk of a rapprochement with Russia, but instead there has been continued saber rattling by the warmongers that Trump has, unfortunately, chosen to surround himself with.
The most recent Russian badgering has come from Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who wrongly accused it of “bad behavior.” “Russia’s violations of international law are now a matter of record from what happened with Crimea to other aspects of their behavior in mucking around other people’s elections and that sort of thing,” said Mattis. Of course, the U.S. has never tried to influence the outcomes of elections or “mucked around” in the affairs of sovereign countries, heaven forbid!
While candidate Trump correctly spoke of the Iraqi War as a disaster and U.S. Middle Eastern policy as a failure, he has done little to alter course in the region, but continues to follow and has, in some instances, escalated tensions. Some ominous examples:
Bombing raids of Mosul killing over 200 civilians.
The deployment of another 1,000 ground troops to Syria.
Additional US ground troops “expected” to be deployed to Afghanistan.
Continuous threats to Iran – “put on notice.”
The bombing of a Syrian air base as U.S. troops are being moved into position for a possible invasion.
In the Far East, President Trump has done little to alleviate hostilities. In a belligerent March tweet during Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s trip to the region, he wrote: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help.”
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