Trump Finds His Groove with Warmaking

The U.S. establishment disdained Donald Trump because he didn’t know how to do the war-making thing, so he had to go through some tough boot camp training to learn the ropes, as filmmaker John Pilger told Dennis J Bernstein.
By Dennis J Bernstein

President Donald Trump has bathed in the praise from both Democrats and Republicans for his surprise missile attack on Syria last week, even as he prepared for a state dinner with the president of China at Trump’s elite Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

As U.S. policies now push the world closer to World War III, I interviewed John. Pilger, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has just completed his 60th film for TV, which anticipates a global conflagration.

The Coming War on China, says Pilger, “reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on the road to war.”

Journalist John Pilger (Wikipedia)

Dennis Bernstein: This is Trump’s first major foray into international relations and Pentagon guided missile diplomacy. Could you please talk about this?

John Pilger: Well, it’s very consistent, Dennis. My first reaction was career, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, and, of course, Syria. All the result of provocations. Provocations in complex situations. But provocations by the United States.

The United States is a war state and, very much like Israel, it doesn’t really, as far as the U.S. elite is concerned, it doesn’t really function properly without being on a major war footing. And the problem with Trump was that he didn’t, apparently, didn’t quite get this, at first. Well, now he’s got it. He’s been hauled into line. It seemed in the beginning that Trump wanted to do a deal, make peace with Russia. And he made some rather bellicose noises about China, and about the Middle East.

But he wasn’t really on message with those who control the U.S. in terms of its “relations,” so-called, and I use that word almost in a satirical way, that the CNN person who’s used it without the satirical intention. But, he didn’t understand that there has to be a permanent obeisance to a war industry, a state of war, a kind of state of managed chaos.

If there is a U.S. foreign policy, it is about division. It is about causing chaos, and keeping, as I heard somebody say, the pieces in the air. It is about fragmenting societies, and in that way you control them. And the suffering Middle East has been the result of that basically imperial policy, beginning, of course, with Britain and France, now controlled by the United States.

So, this is entirely consistent, in fact the United States has been bombing Syria for a very long time. Only recently, on the same day it bombed Mosul and caused the death of several hundred people, it bombed Syria. Its had forces in Syria, its proxies have been at work in Syria. It started the war in Syria.

Whatever uprising there might have been, let’s say there was among a certain class in Syria. The suffering in Syria is the result of a U.S. assault on that country. And Trump firing a weapon of choice, the coward’s weapon, Tomahawk missiles.

The U.S. really only ever attacks defenseless countries. I suppose we should draw some comfort from that because there are two nuclear armed powers out there, Russia and China, that are not defenseless. But Syria, as far as the U.S. is concerned, is defenseless. And its ships stand off in the eastern Mediterranean, and fire these horrific weapons at Syria, or its planes, from a great height. So, in one sense, I suppose the short answer to your question, Dennis, my first reaction is no change.

DB: No change. And it was a study to watch the way they yank him right into line. And, there’s some amazing things. I just want to throw you another question in the context of the press. Bob Parry of Consortiumnews pointed out, in a very powerful way, that when the New York Times did their story [April 5] about the history of the sarin gas and Syria. He pointed out they left out [the Syrian government’s alleged sarin attack in] 2013 The one [when] Obama was supposed to go flying into Syria. That was the red line one. The one that, it turns out, the reason why it’s not in the New York Times, on this round even though they championed it last time, is because they don’t know what the hell happened. And it could very have easily been the U.S.-supported rebels. And, nevertheless, it’s repeated, ad nauseam, as fact, 2013, he didn’t act in 2013; Trump is doing what Obama didn’t do.

JP: Yeah. Well, Bob Parry is one of the very few, in his Consortiumnews, who has outstandingly exposed the lies behind events in recent years. He’s one of the honorable exceptions. In one of his latest pieces he names – that wonderful expression “names and shames” – those on the New York Times, the associates of the disgraced Judith Miller, who helped to spread the fiction that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, in 2002-3. Michael B. Gordon and Anne Barnard, these are propagandists of a kind that I don’t think any tyranny really could match. They now inhabit mostly the so-called liberal press, they probably always did.

But we used to, some of us, used to think that perhaps there was some real journalism, within that area of the media, the liberal media. And there was the great celebration of Watergate [1972]. But, the two liberal newspapers, famous liberal newspapers of the United States, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are now its most virulent propagandist. Lie upon lie, every day. It’s not Fox News.

A heart-rending propaganda image designed to justify a major U.S. military operation inside Syria against the Syrian military.

And this attack of Trump’s on Syria bears all the hallmarks of the media being part of it. Of having been tipped off, beforehand. Almost within minutes of the announcement, the media had pronounced the official line, completely suppressing the fact that in 2014 Syria, under U.N. supervision, destroyed all of its chemical arsenal. Have we heard that before?

Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors observing the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s chemicals arsenal. The same thing happened in Syria, in 2014. Moreover, they were destroyed under American observation, on an American ship. Where this so-called gas attack took place, there’s an absolute rat’s nest of jihadists. Jihadists who have been playing with, and I use that in a very dark way, playing with nerve gases and sarin and all these other wretched weapons, for some years now. There’s no doubt about that.

One only has to read the report by the distinguished MIT professor, Ted Postol, who I interviewed last year, at MIT. A man, who probably knows more about weapons, and how they’re fired, and their trajectories and so on, than anyone in the world, saying that the original so-called Assad chemical weapons attack could not have taken place. And he explains why, that they didn’t have the weapons, there wasn’t the distance, and so on. Seymour Hersh’s investigation of this made it clear.

And we can go on and on, Dennis, in refuting the pretext. And whatever the absolute truth of what happened there, it is a pretext. There’s no question about that because that’s the way the U.S. operates.

And, I would like to think that there are people now who can cast their minds back at least 14 years, to the beginning of that holocaust in Iraq, and understand that this is a repetition of that. If they go along with it, they’re going along with a kind of an epic crime. I think many people are not, actually. I take a rather more optimistic view.

I think the fact that we’re having this discussion, and there is a huge amount of dissent now across the World Wide Web, attempting to counter the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian. Basically, the war mongering liberal media that continues to grieve the loss of its candidate, Hillary Clinton, who, of course, would have attacked Syria much earlier. Now, they should be pleased. They have, Trump, as they say, has been pulled into line.

DB: John, I’ve got my … co-hosts here and they’d love to speak with you. I’d like to introduce you to my good brother, Francisco Herrera, our West Coast and Western Hemisphere troubadour.

Francisco Herrera: Thirteen-Fourteen years ago, as you were saying, we actually had a pretty successful effort at exposing the business of war, and the profiteering that goes on, with the brother of the person who is now the Department of Education’s head, Mrs. [Betsy] DeVos. Her brother [Erik Prince] is one of the profiteers from Blackwater.

I wanted to ask you speak a little bit about precisely that because I think, for me, what I see in this runaway business that we’re seeing is not warriors, is not valiant people. But it’s actually cowardly business people who make billions off of the deaths of working class folks. And when we were able to expose this, Blackwater, we had some good success. Would you speak a little bit to the business of a war?

JP: You see the reason that Trump, really, was opposed, during the U.S. election campaign, was not the fact that he might have been personally odious, [but] was that he was not completely on message.

For his own reasons, and I would think for very good business reasons, in terms of doing deals with the Russians, on gas, on the melting Arctic. And many of the very big business and strategic deals… he wanted to do a deal with Russia. He wanted to make peace with Russia. And that threatened the whole basis of the U.S. economy, if economy is the right word.

It is really the U.S. Monolith of War Making. It’s built on… the war making is built on NATO, which is itself, its very existence, is a provocation to war. So if you took NATO away, you’d take away the provocation to war, the threat of war. But keeping NATO is extremely important to the U.S. war making industries.

A protest placard in the Kafersousah neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, on Dec. 26, 2012. (Photo credit: Freedom House Flickr)

Ten of the world’s biggest arms manufacturers were backers of Hillary Clinton. All but one, actually, all but one, were backers of Hillary Clinton. Because she was the war candidate, on message. She was the one who could be trusted. Trump was unreliable. He was making these noises about doing deals with Russia.

I suspect that that’s probably gone now, that Trump… the monolith of the great war making institutions, and surveillance, and intelligence and so-called security institutions, the CIA, NSA, the Pentagon, of course, the State Department, though not as powerful now. All these now are really back in charge. The wheels are back on.

And controlling Trump is still going to be difficult. But I think they probably do have their man now. So, this is a long way, really, of answering your question that… the U.S. is made… the U.S. system is made for war.

And if you follow the trajectory of U.S. actions, and so-called foreign policy, it’s an absolute straight line from the Korean War. Professor Bruce Cummings, one of the best people in helping us understand the Korean War, suggests that, as he describes it, “The U.S.’s archipelago of empire began in the Korean War.” And if you follow that line all the way through the Cold War, and through the so-called post-Cold War. Attacks on various countries from Yugoslavia, to Libya, to Iraq, to Syria – all this is to satisfy what is a monolith of war making.

And that’s what Americans have to face. There’s a great deal of confusion and diffusion about this. As if some are good, and some are bad. I mean, Senator Bernie Sanders, to my knowledge never really ever spoke against this. He had a domestic policy, he was considered the enlightened candidate of the Democratic Party. But he never really addressed what is the most critical issue for Americans, and that how do they deal with, and how do they really counter, bring democracy to, dismantle this war making monolith? That’s the issue.

DB: Right. In a little bit we’re going to be talking about how this policy has impacted in Central and South America since the so-called Monroe Doctrine. It was sort of like the United States practiced in this hemisphere. […] John, I want to introduce you to our senior producer here at Flashpoints, Miguel Gavilan Molina.

Miguel Gavilan Molina: It’s good to hear you again on this show. But, I have one question and I’ve been really disturbed over…today and yesterday [April 6 and 7] with the revelations of the White House’s motors attacks on Syria. And that is the reemergence of Hillary Clinton. She absolutely disappeared, after the elections. She was like disappeared from the news, disappeared from stage.

And all of a sudden … she reappears, in a sense publicly pushing the current administration to take action on Syria. What does that mean? What does her reemergence mean to the country? Or, is it again, as you said earlier, it’s back to the same old-same old foreign policy?

JP: Well, she represents, more than Trump, the same old foreign policy. And I would have thought, and I’m only speculating here, that the Democratic section of the American power politics, and that would include most of the war-making institutions, really hope for an impeachment, of Trump. I think this is what they were hoping might happen. I’m not sure that will happen, actually, but I think that’s what they were hoping would happen. And they would get the result that they wanted all along, and that was Hillary Clinton as president. And, perhaps, they still imagine that can happen, or, that Trump will stumble, and make some grievous mistake, politically grievous mistake, and that the Democrats will step into the breach. I doubt that.

I think her reemergence is very interesting. She is the embodiment of the U.S. war making monolith that I’ve been describing. For example, she was the author of Barack Obama’s so-called pivot to Asia, which he announced in 2011. And she was Secretary of State in 2009 when she really declared the South China Sea to be an area of U.S. security national interest. Before that, there was various disputes between China and its neighbors, but there wasn’t a big power opposition.

So, she created, with a lot of help from others, of course, a place of flashpoint in the South China Sea, which, ironically, Trump was later to exploit. So, it’s quite interesting to see how those regional disputes were converted into a potential for war between the United States and China. This is the war making monolith in action. And, as I say, Hillary Clinton really was, and is, the embodiment of that. Trump is doing his best to catch up.

Chile’s Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a U.S.-backed coup in 1973 and helped create Operation Condor, a campaign of assassinations across Latin America and even into the United States. Pinochet died in 2006.

DB: John, we were talking about Hillary Clinton, and it’s sort of now we’ve got that really almost a perfect hammer and anvil. Because it was Hillary Clinton that set up Central America with free trade, supported and sustained the coup in Honduras, that created this latest generation of forced migration. So Hillary chased them out and now Trump’s got the… it’s sort of the hammer and the anvil, waiting for them at the border. So, this is a big thing isn’t it?

JP: Yeah. What Hillary Clinton was doing what had been done before, you’re quite right. The Clintons were the deporters-in-chief. And every president has waged a kind of a war of attrition against the Spanish-American population in the United States. And, indeed, against Spanish-America. I mean, to understand the way America, the United States, that is, I should say the United States, conducts itself in the world you really have to go back to Latin America.

That’s where it began. That’s where manifest destiny began. That’s where the United States set up, really, a network of fascism. Chile, Brazil, Argentina. That’s where currently, I think the expression is “roll back,” and most of U.S. foreign policy seems to be devoted to roll back, to a regression of some kind.

And rolling back the extraordinary attempts by Latin Americans to reclaim their lives, their governments, their countries, their resources. That roll back is going on right now. It’s not fully succeeding but it’s making inroads. And that’s where, to understand… I mean, to understand British Imperialism you’ve got to go to India and how it began there. To understand American imperialism you really have to go to Latin America. Because that’s where it began.

Now, modern American imperialism certainly started after the Second World War, as I mentioned, in Korea. And Hillary Clinton has played a critical role, in there, both she and her husband, in Honduras, in Haiti, and throughout the rest of Latin America.

But, really, Dennis, we go back to Pinochet [in Chile], and Nixon, and Kissinger, and Galtieri [in Argentina], and the associations with American presidents, and the American elite. The Dulles brothers in Guatemala, the overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954, a social democratic government trying to do some modest things for its people, was overthrown during the Eisenhower years. But with Dulles, [Secretary of State] John Foster Dulles, leading the charge there. And, of course, with their own vested interest in the United Fruit Company.

So the connections of business and politics and then, increasingly, of armaments and technology, have created this monolith. But certainly its seed bed was Latin America. And it’s interesting, Dennis, I’m only guessing at this, that there’s a kind of vindictiveness towards Spanish-Americans, Mexican-Americans, but I would say Spanish-Americans, within the United States, as expressed by Trump, most recently. And, of course, the background to this is the great suppressed part of U.S. history is the theft of a large part of Mexico.

DB: Right. Cinco de Mayo is coming up, here in the United States. It always plays big on this program. In terms of how that unfolded, clearly… I used to teach in Arizona, and I was always reminded that I was in Mexico, I wasn’t in Arizona, by my brothers and sisters there.

JP: Well, that’s very interesting because I’ve often felt that, when I’ve been in parts of the southwest of the United States, say going into Texas. That there’s something wrong here. This is the United States but it isn’t.

And the way that that theft, in a classic kind of colonial theft, of such a large part of the U.S.’s southern neighbor. The way it was portrayed through American culture, the truth of it was inverted. Hollywood created the myth that the Alamo, and all the rest of it, to create this specious history of heroism when in fact it was theft. And if you relate that inversion of the truth to what we’re seeing today, it’s interesting listening to your guest …talking about standing up to authority. I found that fascinating. It’s also standing up to the authority of propaganda. That always questioning, always trusting your own skepticism. But questioning it, not accepting the authority of the propaganda organ such as the media now, really must be described as.

DB: I would like to spend a few minutes with you talking about your film and maybe you can come in the door just saying a few things about what they could be talking about there in Mar-a-Lago, and just your thoughts about the U.S. relationship with China. Your film is all about this. You could also say just a couple things about your film, so people understand…

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson travels in the South China Sea, April 8, 2017. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matt Brown)

JP: Well, China is very aware of what I mentioned earlier. The so-called pivot to Asia. And that has meant the transfer of 2/3rds of U.S. Naval and Air Forces to the Asia-Pacific, with their target as China. It’s very aware that it is surrounded by 400 U.S. bases, armed with battle groups, missiles, bombers. This encirclement begins down here in Australia, goes all the way up through the Pacific, through Korea, Japan, and across Eurasia.

This is almost never mentioned in the news, the encirclement of China. And this has happened since China’s growth as a great economic power. The Chinese understand the danger, the threat. And everything that Xi and his entourage are doing in Florida, at the moment, is to offset that threat.

They have their own plans of development, which are quite extraordinary. But they see a threat from the United States. And it’s managing that threat, trying to control events, to understand Trump. Trump’s people include some very pro-Taiwan elements. That means, of course, the absurdity of the Cold War belief that China existed on this small island of Taiwan, instead of in China itself. So, they understand the threats. And there’s been many provocations, particularly in the encirclement, as I mentioned, of these bases. In response to that the Chinese have built air strips in the South China Sea on disputed islands.

And coming up in July, something, again, you’re very unlikely to read about is one of the biggest air/sea exercises called Operation Talisman Saber. And it will be rehearsing the blockade of the Straits of Malacca, the Long Box Straits… where all the lifelines of resources go to China. In other words, a blockade of China. So, Xi will have this in mind when he talks to Trump about managing this threat.

The last thing the Chinese want is any kind of war. Their whole commitment is business, development, resources, of building this great economic power on the ashes of, as they still describe in China, a century of humiliation, and that was the 19th and 20th century, when they were colonized, and attacked by Japan.

They take a view of history that we don’t understand. Whereas we think in terms of an eternal present, they think in centuries. And that’s what will be happening in Florida at the moment. They’re very well aware that America speaks not diplomatically but militarily. And, as this attack on Syria vividly demonstrated to the Chinese, while they were there, while they were in Florida. That’s what they will be trying to manage. … Anyone who wants to see The Coming War on China,, they’re the U.S.’s distributors. It’s always a pleasure to be on Flashpoints, Dennis.

Dennis J Bernstein is a host of “Flashpoints” on the Pacifica radio network and the author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. You can access the audio archives at

22 comments for “Trump Finds His Groove with Warmaking

  1. Joe_the_Socialist
    April 14, 2017 at 13:17


    In correspondence, Jefferson once described a problem as “like holding a wolf by the ears. I can’t hold on but I dast not let him go.”

    What happens once the American war making monolith is neatly packed away. Who will fill the vacuum, and with what agenda?




    We, will, with our agenda. That’s who.


    • John Doe II
      April 14, 2017 at 14:22

      The Conservatives bear rule now,
      and so into a lucent future.

      They are relentless in pursuit
      of Authority, and absolute Authority.

      There will be no vacuum to fill,
      they have Gained Authority.

  2. Peppermint
    April 13, 2017 at 22:32

    “Read one newspaper daily (the morning edition
    is the best
    for by evening you now that you at least
    have lived through another day)
    and let the disasters, the unbelievable
    yet approved decisions
    soak in.

    I don’t need to name the countries,
    ours among them.

    What keeps us from falling down, our faces
    to the ground; ashamed, ashamed?”

    ? Mary Oliver

    • John Doe II
      April 14, 2017 at 14:39

      The mind is incorporeal. The brain is matter
      The will is also incorporeal. The body also, is matter.
      The heart is both matter and incorporeal
      It is a vault that harbors both truth and lies
      and the inner-santum of the self, the You.

      God is not a man that He should lie.
      God Is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
      God said, “You will find Me if you search for Me w/all your heart.”
      This in not a command nor a dictate, but a prompting suggestion.
      Free will makes you the proprietor/owner of your choices/destiny.

  3. N Dalton
    April 13, 2017 at 20:29

    What we all are seeing is the groundwork for the authoritarian state laid out by the Reagan administration of the 1980s – with the enforcement of authoritarianism in a sprawling nation made up of myriad entities requires the buy-in of law enforcement at all levels and in all jurisdictions as one can`t help but seeing the Groundwork for an Authoritarian State by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Each of these actions and threats plays a part in laying an infrastructure for the enforcement of the administration’s will, whether by legal or extra-legal means and using manipulation, misrepresentation and a discourse of intimidation and implication.

    If there is a U.S. foreign policy, it is about division.It`s about fragmenting societies, and in that way you control them. And the suffering Middle East has been the result of that basically imperial policy, beginning, of course, with Britain and France, now controlled by the United States.

  4. John Doe II
    April 13, 2017 at 15:20

    I Am A Syrian Living in Syria: “It was Never a Revolution nor a Civil War. The Terrorists are sent by your Government”

    American People, Please Help Us
    By Mark Taliano

    Two years ago, “Majd” wrote these words on a Facebook posting:

    ” I am Syrian… living in Syria in the middle of everything. We have seen horrors. It was never a revolution nor a civil war. The terrorists are sent by your goverment. They are al Qaeda Jabhat al Nusra Wahhabi Salafists Talibans etc and the extremist jihadists sent by the West, the Saudis, Qatar and Turkey. Your Obama and whoever is behind him or above him are supporting al Qaeda and leading a proxy war on my country.

    We thought you are against al Qaeda and now you support them.

    The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people… The chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by the USA and the UK, etc. Everyone knows that here.

    American soldiers and people should not be supporting barbarian al Qaeda terrorists who are killing Christians, Muslims in my country and everyone.

    Every massacre is committed by them. We were all happy in Syria: we had free school and university education available for everyone, free healthcare, no GMO, no fluoride, no chemtrails, no Rothschild IMF- controlled bank, state owned central bank which gives 11% interest, we are self-sufficient and have no foreign debt to any country or bank.

    Life before the crisis was so beautiful here. Now it is hard and horrific in some regions.

    I do not understand how the good and brave American people can accept to bomb my country which has never harmed them and therefore help the barbarian al Qaeda. These animals slit throats and behead for pleasure… they behead babies and rape young kids.

    They are satanic. Our military helped by the millions of civilian militias are winning the battle against al Qaeda. But now the USA wants to bomb the shit out of us so that al Qaeda can get the upper hand.

    Please help us American people. They are destroying the cradle of civilization. Stop your government.

    Impeach that bankster puppet you have as president… support Ron Paul or Rand or anyone the like who are true American patriots. but be sure of one.thing..if they attack and I think they will….it will be hell.

    Be sure that if it were to be a world war, many many will die. Syria can and will defend itself and will sink many US ships. Iran will go to war..Russia and China eventually if it escalates… and all this for what ? For the elites who created al Qaeda through the US government and use it to conduct proxy wars and destabilize countries which do not go along with their new world order agenda !!?

    American people…you gotta regain control of your once admirable country. Now everyone hates you for.the.death you bring almost everywhere.

    Ask the Iraqis…the Afghans…the Pakistanis…the Palestinians…the Syrians…the Macedonians and Serbs…the Libyans…the Somalis…the Yemenis ….all the ones you kill with drones everyday. Stop your wars, Enough wars. Use diplomacy..dialogue…help..not force.”

    Consistent testimonies from Syrians, as well as well-documented, open-source Western sources, and historical memory, all serve to reinforce the accuracy of the aforementioned testimony.

    Syrians are living the horror brought to them by the criminal West. They can not afford the complacency of shrugging their shoulders in indecision, not when their lives and their ancient civilization is being threatened by Western-paid terrorist mercenaries of the worst kind.

    “Our” proxies, slit throats, chop heads, and take no prisoners as we waffle in indecision, ignore empirical evidence, and take the comfortable easy road of believing the labyrinth of lies promulgated by Western media messaging.

    The veil of comfortable confusion, nested in an unconscious belief that our government knows best or that it is patriotic to believe the lies and fabrications implicit in the hollow words of politicians (who no longer represent us) and the false pronouncements of Imperial messengers, is concealing an overseas holocaust.

    Western societies are rotting from the inside out because of these lies and this barbarity. We are protecting a criminal cabal of corporate globalists who do not serve our interests and never will.

    Our democracies, which we should be protecting, have long disappeared – except in the hollow words of newspaper stenographers. Instead we are supporting transnational corporate elites and their delusional projects.

    Poverty and disemployment are all soaring beneath the fakery of government pronouncements, as the public domain evaporates beneath words like “efficiency” or the “economy” — all false covers that serve to enrich elites and destroy us. Internal imperialism at home is a faded replica of the foreign imperialism abroad.

    As countries are destroyed, and its peoples are slaughtered — think Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and others — by abhorrent Western proxies — public institutions are contaminated, and ultimately replaced by parasitical “privatized” facsimiles. Public banking is looted and destroyed in favour of transnational banksterism, World Bank funding, and IMF usury. Food security is destroyed and replaced by biotech tentacles and engineered dependencies on cash crops and unhealthy food. Currencies are destroyed, sanctions are imposed, and the unknown, unseen hand of totalitarian control imposes itself, amidst the cloud of diversions and confusions, aided by comprador regimes, oligarch interests, and shrugging domestic populations.

    Syria refuses to submit. That is why the West is taught to hate her, and the rest of the world learns to love and respect her.

    Yet, Syria’s struggles are our struggles. Syria represents international law, stability, and integrity: the same values that western peoples overtly cherish but stubbornly reject, as our countries wilt beneath suffocating veils of lies and delusions.

    I support Syria, because I respect what remains of international law.

    I support Syria because I reject Wahhabism, Sharia law, and terrorism.

    I support Syria because I reject the undemocratic, transnational oligarchies that are subverting our once flourishing, now dead, democracies.

    I reject the lies of our propagandizing media, the hollow words of our politicians, and the fake “humanitarian” messaging that demonizes non-belligerent countries and their populations.

    In the name of justice, humanity, and the rule of law, I support the elected government of Syria led by its President, Bashar al-Assad. Syria, an ancient cradle of civilization, is leading the way towards a better future for all of us.

    All we have to do is open our eyes.

    • backwardsevolution
      April 13, 2017 at 17:37

      John Doe II – I agree. I feel very sorry for the Syrian people. They had struggled with a bad drought, but other than that, for a Middle East country, they were becoming something to admire. And I also feel bad for Assad. He has been called a butcher, a tyrant, and I think he’s anything “but”. He protected the minority religions, and by the strength of his showing in the last election they had, the people loved him.

      The country of Syria is being obliterated, and for what? Money and power. Disgusting.

      • John Doe II
        April 14, 2017 at 14:08

        Thanks, backwardsevolution,
        for having the patience to read the “anti-American” ‘screed’ put up by some leftist Apologist;

        Truth is, all we have to do is open our eyes.

  5. John Doe II
    April 13, 2017 at 14:58

    The First Global Revolution is a book written by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, and published by Pantheon Books in 1991. (GHW Bush and his announcement of “The New World Order” – c.1991)

    The book is a blueprint for the Twenty-First Century at a time when the Club of Rome thought that the onset of the first global revolution was upon them. The authors saw the world coming into a global-scale societal revolution amid social, economic, technological, and cultural upheavals that started to push humanity into an unknown.

    The work being the product of a Think Tank, it attempted to transcend the nation-state governance paradigm of the nineteenth-century and the twentieth-century and sought a way to eliminate some of the challenges seen inherent with those older systems of global governance. As such, it explored new and sometimes controversial viewpoints.

    Many of the members of the Club of Rome are seen as Elites, and critics argue passages in the book looking at how to unite divided nations by motivating them to rally around a new common fabricated enemy are clear indicators the work is conspiratorial in nature.

    In one passage the authors conjecture about new needed enemies or rally points for global society, “either a real one or else one invented for the purpose.”

    Radicalized Islamists… ?

  6. Stiv
    April 13, 2017 at 14:43

    Thank you for the viewpoints made and the background on those points. However, do you really think Trump needed to be trained? His whole life has been running roughshod over those who have less power than he. During the campaign he routinely made allusions to war ( nuclear at that ) as if it were just another “bargaining position”.

    The reason he’s strutting around like a big shit is he’s just found a new toy to play with. And yea….stupid fuck amerikka just eats it up. Maybe they can put all the marginals to work making bombs instead of mining coal.

  7. WC
    April 13, 2017 at 01:33

    The US military serves one purpose and one purpose only – to preserve the US dollar as the world reserve currency. Do the math – $20 trillion debt, 100 – 200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Add in 1 1/2 quadrillion in derivative gambling bets and people are actually scratching their heads as to why Trump suddenly goes to war.

    • john wilson
      April 13, 2017 at 05:00

      That’s why Gadaffi of Libya had to go. He was planning a pan African currency based on the Libyan dinar and he had 140 tons of gold and a similar amount in silver to back it up. He was refusing to sell his oil and other produce in dollars so the Yanks saw that this was a serious threat to their plans for world domination of finance. Apparently, Libya’s gold reserves disappeared at the end of the American and British terrorist backed coup and haven’t been seen since. I expect they are safely stored somewhere in the American Federal reserve!! LOL.

    • Dave P.
      April 13, 2017 at 10:48

      Your comments are very informing. Add to it the printing presses located in London, Brussels (Berlin) to print Notes. Let the toiling masses, child labor, and all that pay for the life style of those of us who are fortunate to live here in the West.

  8. April 12, 2017 at 20:55

    There is something seriously wrong when NATO, an organization funded with massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, continues to support not only Turkey but other supposed “allies” that are reportedly up to their dirty necks in funding, training and arming terrorism.

  9. Zachary Smith
    April 12, 2017 at 20:24

    Powerful essay.

    The way it was portrayed through American culture, the truth of it was inverted. Hollywood created the myth that the Alamo, and all the rest of it, to create this specious history of heroism when in fact it was theft.

    I’m discovering that “unlearning” the BS I was taught in high school and some college courses is something which must be done. But it surely is a painful process.

    • Marc
      April 14, 2017 at 16:50


  10. mike k
    April 12, 2017 at 20:13

    Who said the patriarchal meme was dead? There’s always a daddy figure like D. Trump to make the old horse run again.

  11. mike k
    April 12, 2017 at 20:10

    American’s have swallowed the peace through strength scam. But first we have to use our power to make the bad guys stop killing babies. Then it turns out that everybody who has something we want is a bad guy – they are killing babies too! After all we didn’t sacrifice and spend all that taxpayer money to have the biggest army, and not use it. It’s our duty to make the world behave and do what we want. We are like wise parents, and the other nations are like unruly kids. Have to teach them a lesson – a missile strike or two will let them know who’s boss…..

  12. SteveK9
    April 12, 2017 at 19:47

    John is correct that war is a dominant part of the US economy, in particular after WWII. But, to say that is all that has happened is an exaggeration. America has done nothing in Science and Technology? Has no accomplishments in Medicine? We could be doing so much more good, if we stopped the War Party, but most Americans have been engaged in activities other than War. And, if we weren’t brainwashed we could put a stop to it. In fact, the population keeps voting for a ‘peace’ candidate. That was true of W, O’Bomber, and Trump.

  13. April 12, 2017 at 19:21

    Trump changes his mind on NATO
    Donald Trump says Nato is no longer obsolete as he threatens to claw back money from alliance members who have ‘underpaid’

    As a candidate in the presidential election, US President said the bloc had outlived its usefulness

  14. Ellis
    April 12, 2017 at 16:51

    As global warming and climate change proceed, wait for Canada, overburdened by Americans fleeing a flooded Florida, heat devastated southwest and near-impossible climate conditions, to find itself in the same irredentist situation as Texas: manifest destiny finally played out.

    • Anon
      April 12, 2017 at 17:57

      Well, I’m waiting for inland homes in Florida to become waterfront property, an oasis for camel caravans, and for Eskimos to retire to Maine and revive the economy. We’re doing our duty to promote global warming, to flood out the waterfront Repubs and eliminate the snow in Maine forever. But we might go to Canada anyway to escape the US warmongers.

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