The Imperial War Machine Marches Forward Under Donald Trump

Last month, I wrote a piece titled, Is Donald Trump About to Massively Expand America’s Imperial Wars?, in which I warned:

Many people voted for Donald Trump based on his pledge of “America First.” The idea behind this partly relates to the very legitimate concern that the U.S. Empire and its military-industrial-contractor benefactors have been squandering an enormous amount of treasure and tax money on foreign adventurism, funds which could be of much greater use at home helping struggling Americans, fixing our broken economy and infrastructure. I’m starting to become increasingly concerned that rather than winding down America’s foreign adventures, Trump and his team are preparing to expand them.

Given Trump’s statements on Syria this morning, I’m moving from “becoming concerned,” to nearly convinced that Donald Trump will not only expand America’s idiotic, ongoing wars, but at the same time, start some new ones.

In case you missed his comments from earlier, watch the first 2 minutes of this.

This chemical attack just happened, how does he know the Assad regime did this? Is it because the same deep state people who have been trying to sabotage him sine day one told him so? Is he that stupid? Does it even make sense considering things were going pretty well for Assad in the conflict before this attack? No, it doesn’t, and many people are starting to ask these questions.

Ron Paul is one of them, and he recorded a very interesting segment on whether or not the recent chemical attack was a false flag. See below.

Now here’s the most disturbing aspect to all of this. Many of us assumed that anti-war protests under Trump would be far more vibrant and massive than under Hillary Clinton. This probably would’ve been the case if not for the non-stop Russia fear mongering from the corporate media and the Democratic Party, but they’ve pushed themselves into a terrible corner with horrible consequences for the rest of us.

If Trump now escalates American intervention in the Syria war, Democrats and other fake liberals will feel compelled to support this disastrous adventure because it’s against evil Russia. See how this works? You got played people.

The writing is on the wall and the message is not good. Trump will likely expand the war in Syria and increase tensions with Russia. The American empire is likely to implode under Trump’s watch, as he once again betrays many of the people who voted for him.

As I mused on Twitter earlier today.

Hillary or Trump, we’d be getting the same thing. We had no real choice, and empires don’t reform. Prepare for impact.

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17 thoughts on “The Imperial War Machine Marches Forward Under Donald Trump”

  1. You don’t even need proof to doubt that Assad was behind the attack, all you need to do is ask, who benefits? Not Assad, that’s for sure. Only those who were panicking that the U.S. was about to abandon the effort to overthrow him.

    Trump needs a war to distract attention from his dumpster fire of an administration, which is kind of how I figured it might play out. The Pentagon has likely already informed him that attacking North Korea would be too risky, hence Syria.

    It is indeed depressing. I detested Hillary, but ultimately chose not to vote. Still, I had some hope that Trump might run a slightly less interventionist foreign policy. So much for that.

    • Karl,

      I agree with what you wrote.

      It makes no sense for Assad to use chemical weapons. It makes every sense for US/minions to do so. And just like before, no evidence required. It’s just, let’s “do” war.

      Even if Assad did use them, we have a courts system for war crimes. Of course, why would the US ever go for criminal justice when we really need to remove Assad because USGinc. just isn’t that into him anymore!

      And I knew plenty of Trump voters who thought that way and many of the rest of us who didn’t vote for either candidate had the smallest of hopes that he would be “slightly less interventionist”. It’s so awful.

  2. Great post Michael.

    It does feel like a “Wag the Dog” moment. I am old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and scary moments during the Nixon and Reagan years. At least in the 1980s there were films like “The Day After” that educated Americans about how precarious our lives were in a world of nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert.

    Now there is talk of a possible first strike against North Korea (all options are on the table) and yet another possibly disastrous Middle East war, this time Syria. Not sure if it would have been any different under HRC. Maybe even worse.

    More and more I think Morris Berman called it when he said the American Empire is circling the drain no matter who runs the government.

  3. How many times is it now that the Syria Arab Forces have used chemical weapons, sarin gas, or committed atrocities only have these false flag accusations eventually be attributed to America’s hired terrorist mercenaries and the Syrians acquitted of the charges., four, five, ten or more? It becomes a bit sickening after awhile with the over powering stench of America’s leprosic fetid hand behind it all.

    While the election was running its course I summed up the two presidential candidates by saying no matter who was given the brass ring to expect more of the same only more so. The slings and arrows from the Trump supporters were enough to darken the sky. Well I told you so! And it didn’t take any crystal ball to figure this one out. Perhaps if we drill down we would see that the American people are getting the government they deserve for standing by and watching Their Elected leaders commit atrocity after atrocity against others. If only the American people realized they have more in common with the average Palestinian family man than they do with their banker, as a representative of the Wall Street looting machine. The majority of Americans it seems are fools at best. Sorry about the rant but the whole show is so obvious only an idiot or a sucker would mistake it for reality!

  4. Either Trump is trying to talk tough over Syria or he really believes the fake media saying Assad used chemical weapons, again.

    What he needs to do is remove all these deep state neo-con compromised moles which are blocking​ any real change to be enacted. Many decades of putting these moles into place has frozen the gov. to implement any change at all.

    As Mike says, “prepare for impact”.

  5. I am constantly amazed at how many intelligent people I know have completely forgotten the huge push by Obama, Hillary, and Kerry for an all out US military intervention (war) in Syria. None of the MSM news outlets ever even mention it, and it’s as if it never happened.

    “Now here’s the most disturbing aspect to all of this. Many of us assumed that anti-war protests under Trump would be far more vibrant and massive than under Hillary Clinton.”

    Here’s what is most disturbing, Michael.

    Where were all of the “vibrant and massive” anti-war protests and protestors during the Mulatto from Chicago’s 8 years as President?! If they cared so much, why did they all disappear into the woodwork as soon as that malignant narcissistic POS get elected?

    I know the answer. But I’d like to hear an answer from some of the Obamacons who voted for him thinking he was their savior. During his miserable 8 years as Potus I asked that question repeatedly to my friends and acquaintances who voted for him. None of them could ever come close to providing an answer. Just blank faced stares off into space in order to avoid any eye contact, and some weak nonsensical mumbling about giving him time.

    Well, he had 8 years worth of time, suckers. Now you need to own it! You got totally and completely hoodwinked by a slightly above average con man. And the best you could do is Bernie Sanders?! You remember Bernie, don’t you? He was the self-serving coward who scraped and bowed to the Clinton’s at the convention for all the world to see.

    The truth is Obama got a pass because he was the “first black President”. Even though he’s half Caucasian. But you know, he looks black, so that’s close enough for the complete fucking idiots who fell for his bullshit hook, line, and sinker. As if his race should have anything whatsoever to do with why anyone with a modicum of intelligence should decide to vote for someone running for any office.

    As to whether or not Assad had anything to do with the use of chemical weapons. Of course, he had nothing to do with it ! That was the last thing Assad wanted to happen at this point in time. Which is exactly why it happened. There’s absolutely no mystery there, and as usual Ron Paul nails it.

  6. As Trump prepares to go to war on Syria over lies, we remember the lies of his predecessor, Obama Jesus, and what he told the American people in his attempt to remove Assad:

    August 31, 2013
    Statement by the President on Syria

    1:52 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. Yesterday the United States presented a powerful case that the Syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people.

    Our intelligence shows the Assad regime and its forces preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of Damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place. And all of this corroborates what the world can plainly see — hospitals overflowing with victims; terrible images of the dead. All told, well over 1,000 people were murdered. Several hundred of them were children — young girls and boys gassed to death by their own government.

    This attack is an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security. It risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm.

    In a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted.

    Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. …

    Yet, while I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization…,”

    In a matter of life and death, these lies are not being investigated by our much loved MSM. Why not? It’s all so sickly familiar.

    • Indeed, people somehow still think we live in a representative democracy. But when there is only two realistic election outcomes and you get the same hideous policies no matter which way it goes, that is not democracy.

    • There are not many options.

      1. Do nothing. Prepare for impact.
      2. Revolution. Overthrow the criminal traitors.

  7. This is a whole new ball game. There is a lot of speculation about the WH insiders. like Kushner.

    With the last potus, I was actually amazed that Kerry seemed to be at odds with “his armies.” We would assume there is one central command, under government control, but the facts don’t bear that out. We know C*I*A & Pentgn have forces, sometimes fighting each other. Who has control of the air force over there?
    Anyway, as I watched Kerry ferrying his ass to and fro in the ME, making agreements with Russia, boring everyone to death, there was the sneaking suspicion, verified by Lavrov’s comments (you really ought to study what he says), that Kerry did not control his forces.
    He would make peace and then the AF would bomb Der ez Zoor.
    Another time, I read that Saudi planes arrived in Turkey to get involved in Syria. Right at that point, I was thinking “this is WW3” because Russia would not stand for that. And Kerry sued for “peace” immediately. He pulled back again.
    So, Obama and Kerry seemed to be bumbling along, without a strategy, letting their armies wander around, helping terrorists, fighting terrorists.
    Some pundits gave me the idea that the US armies just want to stay busy in the ME, messing around, looking for opportunities. Checking Iran’s influence, which is considerable in Iraq (actually helping Iraqis).
    And I thought that Trump had just previously given the army more control in the field than they already had under Obama. I thought that this was how Trump would be sidelined and the war would continue or escalate.
    Syria would never be free.
    Iraq would never be free.
    Iran would forever be threatened.
    However, if the evil-Russia bullcrap has a purpose, maybe the neocons still want their Qatar pipeline and regime change. But that leads directly to WW3.
    maybe Obama was trying to keep the lid on the neocons.

  8. I have been one of Trump’s biggest defenders here. That is mostly because I have asked for very little from him. All I asked for was for him to keep us out of unprovoked wars and reduce tensions with potential adversaries. How hard can it be to not do something, as in not going to war?

    Trump has crossed my “Red Line”. I believe that most of his support on the internet was on this issue. This latest action is enough for him to lose reelection. The question is still “What is the alternative”?.

    He is the opposite of what he campaigned on. This is like finding out that Billy Graham is an atheist.

    The worse is what if he was not lying in the campaign? That just shows us that the Deep State is so powerful that the political process does not matter.

    To fight them, we have to be as organized as them. We all need to put aside other differences and concentrate on this. I am looking forward to the day when the biggest debate between Liberals and Conservatives will be what do we do with the trillions saved from not being at war.

    • Kevin,

      I know some good people that voted for Trump. I wonder if they feel the same way you do. I didn’t vote for Trump, I voted for Jill Stein, so I’m not sure how they feel about me or how forthcoming they would be on what’s happening so far. At least we have a common antipathy concerning HRC.

      I never believed much of what Trump said during the campaign. A billionaire with a checkered history as a defender of the working class and its interests seemed a stretch to me. Trump always came across as too erratic, opportunistic and immature to pin many hopes but at least he was saying he would NOT pursue a neoconservative agenda. Many voters were eager to hear a major candidate break with the Deep State and the Establishment and voted for him, hoping for the best.

      I think it’s so interesting that the Democratic leadership, which up until recently was attacking Trump on virtually everything, also flipped and saluted and applauded his missile attack against the Syrian government and dropping the MOAB in Afghanistan.

      Only Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has looked good in any of this and she of course was attacked by the Dems for taking a measured and reasonable position. She is the true Resistance that the Dems are always babbling about and apparently she’s not getting much support from her colleagues. Is it the Deep State or is it the power of the Israel lobby that intimidates so many members of Congress, and possibly President Trump?

      You are so right when we consider how all those trillions of dollars spent on failed wars, drone assassinations, special OPS and interventions could have been used at home improving the lives of Americans with better health care, education, public health, infrastructure, libraries and so on. Shameful and tragic.

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