By Christopher R Rice, Underground Newz
There is only one party: The War Party. Republican or Democrat, Barack Obama or Donald Trump: It doesn’t matter. Perpetual war for the bankers and the insatiable military industrial complex.
Syria’s crisis began, in 2011, with a CIA-Saudi backed staged uprising against the democratically elected Assad similar to the CIA overthrow of Iran in ’53.
In Syria, Saudi Arabia funded and supplied the ISIS rebels fighting Iran’s ally Bashar al-Assad; Iran sent troops into the country to defend the government and showered Assad with military aid. In Bahrain, the country’s Shia majority staged pro-democracy protests against the Sunni monarchy; Saudi Arabia, fearing Iranian influence, sent in soldiers to crush the protests. In Yemen, Iran stepped up its financial and military aid for the Houthi rebels; after the rebels seized the capital Sanaa in early 2015 and began moving to take the rest of it, Saudi Arabia launched a bombing campaign to stop them.
The longer this goes on, the more entrenched and violent the regional Sunni-Shia divide will become, in Syria, in Yemen, in Iraq — and if the CIA gets its way Russia and China could be next.
Many observers have connected the dots and concluded that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is seeking to drag the United States into a war with Iran and Hezbollah. But that’s only half the story. Looking at the recent events through a broader geopolitical lens, a much more sinister plan emerges: a Saudi plan to trap the United States in a permanent standoff with Tehran.
ISRAEL PUT TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE
FoxNews: The Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital was heralded by many pro-Israel activists but decried by Palestinians and America’s Arab allies.
Ahead of the opening, Trump tweeted it’s “a great day for Israel.”
From a presidential candidate who promised to “put America first” this may seem a bit confusing, after all, how does this help Americans? It doesn’t. At all. Trump owes Israel, big time, because Israel and Wikileaks put Trump in the White House. Related article: Julian Assange is a Hero
Associated Press: A March 2016 Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans didn’t express an opinion when asked if the U.S. embassy should move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Because we don’t give a rats ass.)
Congress approved in 1995 the funding and relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem by 1999.
Israel and Saudi Arabia were the biggest losers of the Iraq war and the collapse of Pax Americana. They enjoyed maximum security and maneuverability under the previous order, and their regional rivals were checked and contained, courtesy of American treasure and blood. Their priority for the last decade has been to compel the United States to recommit itself to the region and restore the pre-2003 balance.
IRAN vs ISRAEL and SAUDI ARABIA
President Trump’s administration has put Iran on “final notice” after they conducted a ballistic missile test, and with Republicans in control of all branches of government, GOP may finally get what it has been wanting for decades… another country to invade.
As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in 2010, the Saudis “want to fight the Iranians to the last American.” Why the Saudis would see this as attractive is clear. Why Netanyahu would like to go along with this also follows a certain logic. That is not the mystery in this drama. The mystery is why the president of the United States would go along with something that so clearly contradicts U.S. national interest.
CBS News: The Intercept reported Wednesday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly bragged to multiple parties that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, was “in his pocket,” citing a source who speaks often with confidants of the Saudi and Emirati rulers.
He’s doing this on his own. And a big part of the concern, on the part of not just the State Department, but the U.S. intelligence community, is that they don’t know what he’s discussing with these foreign leaders.
Trump and the Republicans are furiously beating the war drums against Iran, and have attempted to mislead the American people so they’re able to justify military action in Iran.
Most of America’s resources are committed to the Middle East in unending wars of increasingly marginal strategic significance.
Rather than ethnic or sectarian motivations, Saudi Arabia’s ultimate aim is to drag the United States back into the Middle East in order for Washington to reestablish its military dominance and reimpose on the region an equilibrium that favors Tel Aviv and Riyadh. This, however, does not require just a war in Lebanon, but a permanent state of conflict between the United States and Iran.
PLANNING (a limited) NUCLEAR WAR
Dennis Jett: Congress has the constitutional responsibility for declaring war, but it has not done so since World War II. That has not prevented every president since then from engaging in military conflicts large and small. Even American participation in the Korean War was not authorized by Congress. So, the absence of a formal declaration of war against North Korea or Syria or Iran or China or Venezuela is no barrier to a nuclear strike.
In recent years, Congress has often acted to allow the president to use military force without a declaration of war. After 9/11, it passed an Authorization for the Use of Military Force to permit the president to go after those involved in the terrorist attacks that day. President Bush used that authorization in his rationale for invading Iraq, even though there was no connection to the attack. President Obama used it during his time in office to justify drone strikes and other military actions. In other words, the 9/11 authorization has been used by presidents to kill people considered terrorists, including American citizens abroad like Anwar al-Awlaki.
International laws and treaties like the Geneva Convention, mean nothing to US presidents, the Bush administration ignored these conventions when they wanted to use torture.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to “totally destroy” Korea with “fire and fury.”
Another reason Trump has no constraints against carrying out those threats is the way Washington works. In his comments at the conference, Gen. Hyten said, “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail.” Not only did none of the senior officials involved in crimes like illegal enhanced interrogation techniques go to jail, they were often promoted. One example is the current deputy director of the CIA who, according to The New York Times, “oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations.”
No one is likely to be punished for carrying out a presidential order that was subsequently deemed illegal. It would not be considered illegal at the time it is given because a president can surround himself with lawyers like John Yoo and former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who had no trouble telling George W. Bush anything he wanted to do was legal. And if someone in the military chain of command refused to carry out such an order, how long would it take for the man who became famous with the phrase “you’re fired” to say just that? After all, he had no hesitation about firing the director of the FBI, James Comey.
The bottom line is that a nuclear war won’t be prevented by military officers refusing to obey an order they consider illegal. And such a situation won’t be avoided by congressional action. The legislative branch is paralyzed by partisan politics. Using the bomb is up to the discretion of a president who came to office with no experience in the military, government or foreign affairs beyond real estate deals in other countries.
Anyone who thinks that President Donald Trump is some kind of Lone Ranger trying to fight against all of this duplicity and inhumanity has either completely lost their faculties or has been totally Manchurianized by the Trump propagandist organizations QAnon and FOX News. Donald Trump is the Deep State as much as Bush and Obama were.
The American people will continue to dissociate themselves from the death and destruction their government is inflicting around the globe and will continue to disavow any responsibility for the sorrow and suffering their apathy and callousness produce in countries all over the world.
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Trump’s NPR goes in the opposite direction and suggests that the U.S. could employ nuclear weapons in “extreme circumstances” to defend the “vital interests” of the United States and its allies. The document states:
Extreme circumstances could include significant non-nuclear strategic attacks. Significant non-nuclear strategic attacks include, but are not limited to, attacks on the U.S., allied, or partner civilian population or infrastructure, and attacks on U.S. or allied nuclear forces, their command and control, or warning and attack assessment capabilities.
Got that? Trump wants to be able to retaliate against a non-nuclear and perhaps even non-military attack on U.S. infrastructure — say, a cyberattack on the power grid? — with a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
Second, the new NPR calls for the development of a new generation of so-called low-yield nuclear weapons. These smaller nukes, the document suggests, would be tactical, not strategic; deployed to the battlefield, rather than dropped on a city.
This is a clear lowering of the threshold for nuclear weapons use.
It would be a worrying development if any president of the United States announced, with little debate or discussion, a plan both to build more tactical nuclear weapons and use them in response to non-nuclear attacks; a nuclear strategy that makes the use of nukes more, not less, likely. But when that president is Donald J. Trump, it should be deemed a national, if not a global, emergency.
Since coming to office, Trump has demanded a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. nuclear weapons.
“Giving Trump new nukes AND new ways to use them is like giving matches and gasoline to Curious George,” wrote nuclear weapons expert Tom Collina of the Ploughshares Fund.
Or as one retired senior Army officer told the American Conservative, the NPR provides Trump with “a kind of gateway drug for nuclear war.”
To quote Bruce Blair, a former nuclear missile launch officer and research scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University: “We all need to confront the fact that [the U.S. political system] gives one person the God-like power to end the world.”
The narcissist-in-chief, your very thin skinned and impulsive president, Donald Trump will get us all killed by launching a nuclear war.
Legislation was introduced on the first day of the 115th session of Congress that would give President Trump the authority to use military force against Iran unilaterally.
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