In her first interview since her defeat in the presidential election by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton called on the United States to bomb Syria. Only hours later, in lock step with his formal alleged ‘rival,’ Trump sent 59 Tomahawk missiles hurling into Al-Shayrat air base in Homs, using two US Navy destroyers.
This strike came with zero approval from Congress, zero investigation into the alleged crimes of Assad, and, in spite of Trump’s longstanding history standing against US meddling in Syria.
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Trump waited only 77 days before lighting the fuse that could potentially set off World War III — in spite of expressing concerns over this very action years prior.
Russia is sending a fleet of ships to the Mediterranean. Obama’s war in Syria has the potential to widen into a worldwide conflict.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
Obama must now start focusing on OUR COUNTRY, jobs, healthcare and all of our many problems. Forget Syria and make America great again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2013
All of these tweets came after alleged sarin gas attacks on the Syrian people by their leader Bashar al-Assad. These tweets came on the heels of suspected attacks in which hundreds of innocent people died. A single attack in August of 2013 killed ten times as many people as the recent alleged attacks — yet Trump still warned against going in.
Fast forward four years and we see an entirely different Donald J. Trump. The new Trump, who ran on a non-interventionist platform, now has no problem unilaterally attacking a sovereign state with zero regard for the potential repercussions with Russia and in spite of the constitution.
Certainly, one would think that the ostensible left would react with backlash and call out this most obvious hypocritical and criminal behavior. However, one would be wrong.
Up until this week, the entire front page of the Washington Post was mostly plastered with anti-Trump rhetoric. The same can be said for political threads on Reddit, the New York Times, and multiple other establishment left wing outlets. Every chance the establishment got to bash Trump — they took it.
Now, however, all that appears to have changed.
When scrolling through Reddit, WaPost, NYT, and the like, all these outlets have taken a different approach to reporting on Trump — they are now praising his decision to bomb Syria. They have also picked a new enemy in the White House to bash too, Steve Bannon.
But why is that?
Well, Trump — just like every other president in the last hundred years — is subject to the status quo, the ruling elite, and the deep state establishment. The last three presidents, in fact, have explicitly run on platforms on non-intervention only to be elected and flip-flop on every one of their promises.
Even if Trump was genuine on his promises, there’d be no way he would have ever been able to follow through. The unelected deep state in Washington has simply become far too powerful to be changed — which is why sites like the Free Thought Project, the Antimedia, Activist Post, We Are Change, Storm Clouds Gathering, the Corbett Report, and others within the alternative media have been predicting this since day one.
When the United States is at war, the mainstream corporate media becomes their mouthpiece — essentially becoming state-run news.
Everyone who is paying attention, knows that presidents say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Sadly, the supporters they gain while running are often so star struck that their candidate won, they refuse to see the glaring differences once they’re in office.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 5, 2017
Obama — just like Trump — deceived his voting base into thinking there would be change. Obama was even a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize for his ‘pro-peace’ stance before waging hell across the world.
Prior to Obama leaving office, he deployed thousands of troops on Russia’s doorstep in Poland. He ordered ten times more drone strikes than Bush. In 2016, alone, he dropped more than 26,000 bombs. He put boots on the ground in Syria, in spite of saying ‘no boots on the ground’ more than a dozen times. He also arranged the largest weapons deal in the history of the United States to the terrorist regime in Saudi Arabia.
Just like Obama, Trump is curtseying to the terrorist Saudi Arabian regime and selling them weapons which are in turn used to kill innocent women and children. Just like Obama, Trump is continuing war, and in fact, doubling down. Just last month, Trump dropped more bombs in Yemen than Obama did in all of 2016.
Trump is on track to become far more deadly than Obama and he’s less than three months into his presidency. What’s more, the establishment is praising him for it!
War is the language of the state and Trump just finished his Rosetta Stone lessons. His recent act of uninvestigated violence in Syria has even earned him the praise of his sworn enemy — Nancy Pelosi.
Schumer & Pelosi offer approval of Trump's missile strike in Syria, but want a strategy & congressional consultation if broader campaign
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) April 7, 2017
As the Intercept reports,
Democrats have spent months wrapping themselves in extremely nationalistic and militaristic rhetoric. They have constantly accused Trump of being a traitor to the U.S., a puppet of Putin, and unwilling to defend U.S. interests. They have specifically tried to exploit Assad’s crimes by tying the Syrian leader to Trump, insisting that Trump would never confront Assad because doing so would anger his Kremlin masters. They have embraced a framework whereby anyone who refuses to confront Putin or Assad is deemed a sympathizer of, or a servant to, foreign enemies.
Having pushed those tactics and themes, Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. How could they possibly do anything but cheer as Trump bombs Syria? They can’t. And cheering is thus exactly what they’re doing.
Just like Bush, just like Obama, the unfettered use of the United States’ military might is strengthening his position within the establishment and garnering bipartisan warmongering support — both from Washington and the media.
MSNBC, who’s known for their vehement opposition to Trump, called images of missiles launching into Syria last night “beautiful.”
good thing we don't have govt-controlled media in this country pic.twitter.com/fLkt9lQZa6
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) April 7, 2017
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria even declared Trump’s act of violence in Syria his defining moment and officially accepted him as the President of the United States.
— New Day (@NewDay) April 7, 2017
Trump’s recent praise and adoption by the left proves there is no left or right in this country — only war. The left is for war, if with big government; and the right is for big government, if with war.
As the Glen Greenwald notes:
In the last two months, Trump has ordered a commando raid in Yemen that has massacred children and dozens of innocent people, bombed Mosul and killed scores of civilians, and bombed a mosque near Aleppo that killed dozens. During the campaign, he vowed to murder the family members of alleged terrorists. He shut America’s doors to Syrian refugees, and is deporting people who have lived in the U.S. since childhood despite committing no crimes.
Given all that, could American elites possibly believe him when he says that he is motivated by humanitarianism – deep-seated anger over seeing Syrian children harmed – in bombing Syria? Yes, they could, and they are.
In the land of the free, war is the common ground on which the masses find resolve. All the divide and hate used tear society apart during elections is quickly dismissed as Americans focus their hate on brown people on the other side of the planet who’ve done nothing to them.
Unfortunately, the masses are easily distracted and manipulated into fearing whatever boogieman the state throws at them. This fear and distraction, in turn, feeds the military industrial complex while laying waste to human rights — both abroad and domestically. But no one cares, as long as war is elsewhere.
“The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”
― George Orwell,
All hope is not lost, however. While Trump managed to gain bipartisan war hawk support last night, he lost many of his followers who supported his non-intervention stance. We can use this window to unite against the military industrial complex and spread a message of peace and liberty.
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