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Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling.

Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too.”

In a front-page story Monday, “Assad is Planning Chlorine Attack, U.S. Says,” The Wall Street Journal reports that, during a recent meeting, “President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib.”

Idlib contains three million civilians and refugees and 70,000 rebels, 10,000 of whom are al-Qaida.

Friday, The Washington Post reported that Trump is changing U.S. policy. America will not leaving Syria any time soon.

The 2,200 U.S. troops in Syria will remain until we see “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces and the establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians.”

“We are not in a hurry to go,” said James Jeffrey, the retired Foreign Service officer brought back to handle the Syria account. “The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year.”

President Obama had a red line against Syria’s use of poison gas, which Trump enforced with bombing runs. Now we have a new red line. Said Jeffrey, the U.S. “will not tolerate an attack. Period.”

In an editorial Friday, the Post goaded Trump, calling his response to Assad’s ruthless recapture of his country “pathetically weak.” To stand by and let the Syrian army annihilate the rebels in Idlib, said the Post, would be “another damaging abdication of U.S. leadership.”

What Trump seems to be signaling, the Post demanding, and Jeffrey suggesting, is that, rather than allow a bloody battle for the recapture of Idlib province to play out, the United States should engage Russian and Syrian forces militarily and force them to back off.

On Friday, near the U.S. garrison at Tanf in southern Syria, close to Iraq, U.S. Marines conducted a live-fire exercise. Purpose: Warn Russian forces to stay away. The Americans have declared a 35-mile zone around Tanf off-limits. The Marine exercise followed a Russian notification, and U.S. rejection, of a plan to enter the zone in pursuit of “terrorists.”

Is Trump ready to order U.S. action against Russian and Syrian forces if Assad gives his army the green light to take Idlib? For the bombing of Idlib has already begun.

What makes this more than an academic exercise is that Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at a meeting in Tehran last Friday, told President Erdogan of Turkey that the reconquest of Idlib is going forward.

Erdogan fears that the Syrian army’s recapture of Idlib would send hundreds of thousands more refugees streaming to his border.

Turkey already hosts millions of refugees from Syria’s civil war.

ORDER IT NOW

Yet the massing of the Syrian army near Idlib and the Russian and Syrian bombing now begun suggest that the Assad-Putin-Rouhani coalition has decided to accept the risk of a clash with the Americans in order to bring an end to the rebellion. If so, this puts the ball in America’s court.

Words and warnings aside, is Trump prepared to take us into the Syrian civil war against the forces who, absent our intervention, will have won the war? When did Congress authorize a new war?

What vital U.S. interest is imperiled in Idlib, or in ensuring that all Iranian forces and Shiite allies are removed, or that a “non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the international community” is established in Damascus?
With these conditions required before our departure, we could be there for eternity.

The Syrian civil war is arguably the worst humanitarian disaster of the decade. The sooner it is ended the better. But Assad, Russia and Iran did not start this war. Nor have Syria, Russia or Iran sought a clash with U.S. forces whose mission, we were repeatedly assured, was to crush ISIS and go home.

Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.

Many in this Russophobic city would welcome a confrontation with Putin’s Russia, even more a U.S. war on Iran. But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.

It would represent a triumph of the never-Trumpers and President Trump’s relinquishing of his foreign policy to the interventionists and neoconservatives.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. It’s Orwell on steroids. On the 17th anniversary of permanent warfare against jihadi elements, the new plan is to start a war, potentially nuclear, on behalf of jihadi elements. Russia and Syria should respond by cooling off on the attack on Idlib for the moment, but the asymmetrical response by Russia should be to cut off air routes to the yankee garrison in Afghanistan. A defeat of the yankee war machine there should preoccupy them for long enough for the Syria thing to be cleared up. If the US makes an attack on Syrian, Iranian or Russian forces based on this proven false flag, then, Hezbollah should respond by lobbing a few missiles at the Dimona plant. This creates a fukushima-like situation, and will cost a lot of money to resolve. Asymmetrical responses are what is necessary.

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    I don't really care anymore if global thermonuclear war destroys civilization. Ted Kazinskiy was right. Civilization itself is the problem. Launch the ICBMs already.

    As the Unabomber Ted Kazinsky might say, technology affects everything and society gets further and further away from the natural order. Only an industrial society would postpone marriage and family formation long past a biologically appropriate age in order to spend the youth’s most productive years learning to run the machines and push the paperwork. Feeding the machine becomes more important that reproducing the race; the machines become more important than the biology. So society will go back and forth between repression and degeneracy as long as it suppresses biology. -Hipster Racist
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHoMSRZOS4
    , @Peter Maya
    And where is the USA Congress War Act??? the Pacifist LEFT?? at the very root of this WW III is the insane monstruosity of the Greater Israel ultra Zionist on steroids...Does Israel really think that they can expand its borders into Lebanon, Sinai, Yemen, Irak, and the Golan without any opposition response reaction from the native populations.....will millions of Arabs just banished...can Israel erase all forms of "pseudo" democratic arab regimes with zio regimes,...what will the costs for Israel and specially for the USA military establishment???? Is everyday more clear that the creation of Israel was NEVER to give the jewish people a homeland never....Israel is a "nation-like" creature to enforce, promote, and preserve the interests of the world Zionist Olygarchy and the world economic imperial western powers....Israel to exist needs long term PEACE , but Zionism can not exists without perpetual WARS...
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  2. Anonymous[152] • Disclaimer says:

    “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into a swamp, the swamp will also gaze into thee.”

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    It's Orwell on steroids. On the 17th anniversary of permanent warfare against jihadi elements, the new plan is to start a war, potentially nuclear, on behalf of jihadi elements. Russia and Syria should respond by cooling off on the attack on Idlib for the moment, but the asymmetrical response by Russia should be to cut off air routes to the yankee garrison in Afghanistan. A defeat of the yankee war machine there should preoccupy them for long enough for the Syria thing to be cleared up. If the US makes an attack on Syrian, Iranian or Russian forces based on this proven false flag, then, Hezbollah should respond by lobbing a few missiles at the Dimona plant. This creates a fukushima-like situation, and will cost a lot of money to resolve. Asymmetrical responses are what is necessary.

    I don’t really care anymore if global thermonuclear war destroys civilization. Ted Kazinskiy was right. Civilization itself is the problem. Launch the ICBMs already.

    As the Unabomber Ted Kazinsky might say, technology affects everything and society gets further and further away from the natural order. Only an industrial society would postpone marriage and family formation long past a biologically appropriate age in order to spend the youth’s most productive years learning to run the machines and push the paperwork. Feeding the machine becomes more important that reproducing the race; the machines become more important than the biology. So society will go back and forth between repression and degeneracy as long as it suppresses biology. -Hipster Racist

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  4. Renoman says:

    The Americans are nothing but a gang of thugs the entire World is against them and their cheap lies. Go home and fix your own disastrous excuse for a Country.

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    The Americans are nothing but a gang of thugs the entire World is against them and their cheap lies. Go home and fix your own disastrous excuse for a Country.
     
    Gang of thugs? That, the US government has been and will continue to be. See this for example: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/imperial-gangster-nations-peddling-democracy-and-other-goodies-to-the-untutored/. Fact is they neither want to know of any other modus operandi other than mobster tactics or care to seek alternative ones. As for the entire world being against them, true too. But that reality is obscured by coining the useless self-serving term "international community", which can vary in numbers (in the UN General Assembly) of two or three countries - the US, Israel and some "Stan" nation of the former Soviet republics to a handful of nations after relentless arm-twisting and threats from the Americans. The "international community" has made another appearance in the preparations of American and "allied" attacks on Syria in the latter's impending assault on Idlib. The IC is of course deeply "concerned" for Syrian civilian lives in the face of a fabricated chemical gas attack, another WMD lie that has so far failed to hold. Never mind the undetermined number of civilians killed by allied bombing runs.
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  5. No, no, no. The intent is to use the chlorine to disinfect the province of all the dangerous pathogens that have sprung up.

    Seriously, just because the US and Europe are reluctant to take back control of their own cities from the rebel forces who now control them is no valid reason from standing in the way of Assad doing so on Syrian territory, and by any means. What would we have said if Russia had warned us to not harm the Branch Davidians at Waco lest they punish us for doing so?

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  6. “Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. ”

    No, Trump hasn’t struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas; rather, Trump struck Syria twice for its ALLEGED use of poison gas.

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    No, Trump hasn’t struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas; rather, Trump struck Syria twice for its ALLEGED use of poison gas.
     
    Ya beat me to it.
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  7. unless washington puts troops and a lot of them on the ground in syria nothing they do in the air will make the slightest difference in forestalling the destruction of idlib terrorists.

    should washington place troops on the ground the us army will be destroyed and america will go into political convulsions much more than currently exist.

    american troops in syria now are dead men walking if things go badly and washington starts something hot with russia.

    its over, the western backed terrorists have definitively lost.

    washington can either accept and move on or double down and risk being publicly defeated from which it may not recover and such a defeat will push washington to think nuclear which it is already predisposed to anyway

    imo all the western posturing is so much kabuki and even another missile strike even if bigger than april 18 with more bells and whistles will still be a dog barking at the cars passing

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  8. KenH says:

    I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he’s cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms and put the media and left on the defensive. Both are bad but if it’s the latter then Trump is becoming a politician and swamp thing that he decried on the campaign trail and has serious character issues.

    I know when a president uses military force the media and politicians become as one and speak with one voice. The commies/Dems, Repubs, FOX, CNN and MSNBC effectively merge for a short period of time at least until a negro criminal gets killed by a white police officer or one gets tossed from Starbucks for loitering.

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    I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel
     
    There can be little doubt of that. But we might wonder whether he likes it or not.
    , @Colin Wright
    'I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he’s cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms...'

    The former. Trump's base hates foreigners -- but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.

    If we go to war (or perhaps slide further into war would be a more accurate way of putting it), it'll be because Sheldon Adelson et al manipulated, paid, and forced Trump to do it, not because his base wants it.

    What I really fret about is Israel staging the requisite black flag attack to get us fired up. On the other hand if she tried it but was caught and -- somehow -- exposed, wouldn't that be lovely?
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  9. So if China joins in the Syrian / Russian effort to purge Syria of the insidious rebels then what for the U.S.??? I guess the U.S. can take solace with their greatest ally.

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  10. Realist says:

    Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?

    Trump is neocon (Deep State) how else to explain Bolton and many others?

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    I doubt you'll receive a substantial response on this thread, either.

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

    Linh Dinh, as published at The Unz Reviw, June 12, 2016
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  11. Yee says:

    The terrorists in Idlib are needed in Afghanistan.

    If Russia insist to annihilate them, there would surely be retaliation from the US, not necessarily military, probably financial attacks. Military action won’t work anyway.

    If Russia agree to let the terrorists go, then she would be safe for the timebeing, but piss off China, Iran, Pakistan and bring long term troubles in Central Asia. There might not be another chance to corner them for annihilation.

    Idlib is going to be liberated, no doubt, only the fate of the terrorists haven’t been decided. Russia has a decision to make.

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    Idlib is going to be liberated, no doubt, only the fate of the terrorists haven’t been decided. Russia has a decision to make.
     
    Transport to the US seems like the right and humanitarian thing to do.
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    @Realist

    Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?
     
    Trump is neocon (Deep State) how else to explain Bolton and many others?

    I doubt you’ll receive a substantial response on this thread, either.

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

    Linh Dinh, as published at The Unz Reviw, June 12, 2016

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    Brilliant. Of both LD for saying it, and you for reminding us.
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  13. Mike P says:
    @KenH
    I don't know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he's cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms and put the media and left on the defensive. Both are bad but if it's the latter then Trump is becoming a politician and swamp thing that he decried on the campaign trail and has serious character issues.

    I know when a president uses military force the media and politicians become as one and speak with one voice. The commies/Dems, Repubs, FOX, CNN and MSNBC effectively merge for a short period of time at least until a negro criminal gets killed by a white police officer or one gets tossed from Starbucks for loitering.

    I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel

    There can be little doubt of that. But we might wonder whether he likes it or not.

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  14. Ruiner says:

    Pat didn’t mention that James Jeffrey went to Israel a week ago and got Trumps marching orders from Bibi.
    Trump, spit and get off your knees!

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    Everybody bows to the Chosenites sooner or later. At least that's what the Chosenite merchants selling you an afterlife insurance scam will tell you.

    According to what is written: “As I live, says THE LORD JEHOVAH, every knee shall bow to me and to me every tongue shall swear.” Romans 14:11
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  15. But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.

    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won. He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.

    Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.

    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.

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    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won."

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history - unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:

    "obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. "

    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    So, according to you, a "supremely cowardly" man "spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."

    Hey, ordinary cowards would tend to avoid that. A supremely cowardly one would run away from it. If he were cowardly, he could have done something like ... Ron Paul did, for example.

    Purely from a logical perspective, I see contradictions here, or, to be charitable, problematic claims at best.

    Maybe it would have been the best if DJT to have lost like Buchanan, Paul and Unz, and returned to their company of talking sharply, wittily and powerlessly.

    Then, we could have continued just congratulating ourselves how witty and noble things we said against the government, dreaming of a noble-looking leader, - the way the world looked at Gorbachev.

    Oh and one more thing: "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won."

    You're too gracious. He largely spoke from the same script since c. 1980, so he discarded his life-long position!

    , @lavoisier

    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won.
     
    Indeed this is true.

    Americans are so desperate for a leader with both integrity and intelligence that they hope against hope that Trump will become the person that he clearly is not.

    It is like Waiting for Godot. And it is very sad for our nation.
    , @Harold Smith
    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."


    Weak in what sense? By running on a platform of open defiance to the "deep state," thereby ostensibly risking his life in the process, he certainly created the opposite impression during the campaign.

    Also, don't forget that Trump was criticizing Obama's interventionist foreign policy, especially regarding Syria, long before the "campaign":

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/375609403376144384

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/373581528405905408

    And these statements by Trump would seem to comport with what he said during the campaign.


    "He discarded all that the minute he won."


    You can say that again; maybe it was even the *second* he won. And the instantaneity of the change seems suspicious in itself, doesn't it?


    "He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show."


    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn't to "make America great again(?)" or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?


    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster."


    Why didn't he choose Walter Jones, Rand Paul or Pat Buchanan? Why only the worst of the worst?


    "So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    Yet he was not a career politician and he appeared to be putting himself at great risk during the campaign by taking the positions that he took.


    "Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low."


    I don't think a lack of "military expertise" has anything to with it. Trump obviously cannot discern right from wrong; he's completely morally bankrupt.


    "We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen."


    The problem is, given the breathtakingly degenerate moral and political milieu, what does it mean exactly to be a "successful" "statesman" in contemporary post-constitutional America?

    IMO, there is only one theory that explains the Trump "presidency", and that is the theory that Trump's a "deep state" Trojan horse whose whole campaign was a calculated "bait and switch" fraud from the beginning. He's a "deep cover"/"sleeper" agent long groomed and "waiting in the wings" for his masters' beck and call, which finally came when Obama failed to deliver the world into their hands.

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    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.

    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.

    I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President?? I overlooked a lot in the past election and that is never good. I hope he is impeached and removed from office. He might go down as the worst person ever.

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    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.
     
    It is not POTUS position anymore--it is the system which is completely corrupt and is subverted by foreign influences, be that Israelis, Saudis or whoever pays more for takers inside the Beltway. US Congress is nothing more than extension of Knesset, we also have tens of millions of "Christian" Zionists, all 100% USDA approved, who continue and will continue to support this atrocity (and I don't mean just foreign adventures) against their (???) own country--in fact, they enjoy it. After all, their loyalty is with Israel.
    , @Colin Wright
    '...I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President??'

    Because all the alternatives are worse still? Did I get the right answer?
    , @War for Blair Mountain
    If Trump stuck to his campaign promises to make peace with Christian Russia.....you would really hate him even more and and write how you wish Obama was still in the POTUS threatening Christian Russia over Crimea.
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    @Ruiner
    Pat didn't mention that James Jeffrey went to Israel a week ago and got Trumps marching orders from Bibi.
    Trump, spit and get off your knees!

    Everybody bows to the Chosenites sooner or later. At least that’s what the Chosenite merchants selling you an afterlife insurance scam will tell you.

    According to what is written: “As I live, says THE LORD JEHOVAH, every knee shall bow to me and to me every tongue shall swear.” Romans 14:11

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    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.
     
    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.

    I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President?? I overlooked a lot in the past election and that is never good. I hope he is impeached and removed from office. He might go down as the worst person ever.

    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.

    It is not POTUS position anymore–it is the system which is completely corrupt and is subverted by foreign influences, be that Israelis, Saudis or whoever pays more for takers inside the Beltway. US Congress is nothing more than extension of Knesset, we also have tens of millions of “Christian” Zionists, all 100% USDA approved, who continue and will continue to support this atrocity (and I don’t mean just foreign adventures) against their (???) own country–in fact, they enjoy it. After all, their loyalty is with Israel.

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  19. @KenH
    I don't know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he's cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms and put the media and left on the defensive. Both are bad but if it's the latter then Trump is becoming a politician and swamp thing that he decried on the campaign trail and has serious character issues.

    I know when a president uses military force the media and politicians become as one and speak with one voice. The commies/Dems, Repubs, FOX, CNN and MSNBC effectively merge for a short period of time at least until a negro criminal gets killed by a white police officer or one gets tossed from Starbucks for loitering.

    ‘I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he’s cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms…’

    The former. Trump’s base hates foreigners — but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.

    If we go to war (or perhaps slide further into war would be a more accurate way of putting it), it’ll be because Sheldon Adelson et al manipulated, paid, and forced Trump to do it, not because his base wants it.

    What I really fret about is Israel staging the requisite black flag attack to get us fired up. On the other hand if she tried it but was caught and — somehow — exposed, wouldn’t that be lovely?

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    I am a part of 'Trump's base' and I don't hate foreigners. I wish them a nice life in their own country. I don't want USG to harm them or import them.
    , @KenH

    The former. Trump’s base hates foreigners — but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.
     
    It may be the former but the majority of Trump's base does not hate foreigners and simply have foreigner fatigue after tens of millions of them have crashed upon or shores since 1965. There's nothing wrong or hateful with not wanting to be replaced.
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  20. @Anonymous

    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.
     
    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.

    I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President?? I overlooked a lot in the past election and that is never good. I hope he is impeached and removed from office. He might go down as the worst person ever.

    ‘…I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President??’

    Because all the alternatives are worse still? Did I get the right answer?

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    Because all the alternatives are worse still? Did I get the right answer?
     
    Lol, yeah, I guess that’s true.
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  21. Joun says:
    @Colin Wright
    'I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he’s cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms...'

    The former. Trump's base hates foreigners -- but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.

    If we go to war (or perhaps slide further into war would be a more accurate way of putting it), it'll be because Sheldon Adelson et al manipulated, paid, and forced Trump to do it, not because his base wants it.

    What I really fret about is Israel staging the requisite black flag attack to get us fired up. On the other hand if she tried it but was caught and -- somehow -- exposed, wouldn't that be lovely?

    I am a part of ‘Trump’s base’ and I don’t hate foreigners. I wish them a nice life in their own country. I don’t want USG to harm them or import them.

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    'I am a part of ‘Trump’s base’ and I don’t hate foreigners. I wish them a nice life in their own country. I don’t want USG to harm them or import them.'

    That's more or less my point. I guess I'm part of 'Trump's base' as well. At any rate, I've yet to see any viable candidate I would prefer. Jeff Sessions? Nut job on drugs, but I'd live with that.
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  22. Realist says:

    The 2,200 U.S. troops in Syria will remain until we see “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces and the establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians.”

    What business is it to the US who Syria allies with?
    It would be nice if the US had a non-threatening government acceptable to all Americans.

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  23. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright
    '...I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President??'

    Because all the alternatives are worse still? Did I get the right answer?

    Because all the alternatives are worse still? Did I get the right answer?

    Lol, yeah, I guess that’s true.

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  24. The last two times, Trump had a few missiles launched which did no real damage. Russia will watch again and they expect the same results. Nothing to get excited about. Nothing to see here folks, keep on moving.

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    I agree.

    Trump can't have the fanatics as enemies right now, so he's fatiguing them with faint frays.
    , @Carroll Price
    According to the below article, US recently ran out of missiles following one of their latest firepower demonstrations. So, with that being the case, how they gonna engage Russian forces in Syria?

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/defense-leaders-warn-of-tomahawk-missile-shortage/
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  25. Anonymous[178] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prof Watson
    The last two times, Trump had a few missiles launched which did no real damage. Russia will watch again and they expect the same results. Nothing to get excited about. Nothing to see here folks, keep on moving.

    I agree.

    Trump can’t have the fanatics as enemies right now, so he’s fatiguing them with faint frays.

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    Why not?

    If he was serious about draining the swamp, he would have already done it and he certainly would not have appointed a veritable salmagundi of odious swamp creatures such as Wilbur Ross, John Bolton, McMasters, Senator Sessions, Nicky Haley, Scott Pruitt, ((( Steven Mnuchin ))) and the whole ((( Goldman Sachs ))) crew, along with the likes of Paul Manafort, Tom Price, Elaine Chao, Michael Flynn, and on and on.

    There are literally thousands of swamp creatures who have been tapped by Trump, including many Heritage Foundation and former Bush administration staffers along with all sorts of lobbyists and Washington DC lifers.

    Trump hasn't drained the swamp; to the contrary, he has been busy filling it.
    , @War for Blair Mountain
    Of course....Trump has supernatural intelligence like the Q character from Star Trek:bring the human species to brink of thermonuclear extinction for a third time...but at the last plank scale of time, snap his fingers for a safe landing. Therefore, there can never be accidental nuclear war, even if we come to the plank scale of time brink of it......because Donald Trump like the Q character from Next Genetation Star Trek can mentally control space-time.....at the plank scale....and the foamy quantum foam below the plank scale dimension....Trump’s intelligence makes Ed Witten look like one of the retard residents of Willowbrook..........
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  26. @Anonymous
    I agree.

    Trump can't have the fanatics as enemies right now, so he's fatiguing them with faint frays.

    Why not?

    If he was serious about draining the swamp, he would have already done it and he certainly would not have appointed a veritable salmagundi of odious swamp creatures such as Wilbur Ross, John Bolton, McMasters, Senator Sessions, Nicky Haley, Scott Pruitt, ((( Steven Mnuchin ))) and the whole ((( Goldman Sachs ))) crew, along with the likes of Paul Manafort, Tom Price, Elaine Chao, Michael Flynn, and on and on.

    There are literally thousands of swamp creatures who have been tapped by Trump, including many Heritage Foundation and former Bush administration staffers along with all sorts of lobbyists and Washington DC lifers.

    Trump hasn’t drained the swamp; to the contrary, he has been busy filling it.

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  27. @Anonymous

    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.
     
    As a loyal Trump supporter and donor and a life-long Republican, I would take Oprah right now in a heartbeat over Trump. I even miss Obama and wish he were still in office.

    I wouldn’t want a man who’s been unfaithful to three wives and had an adulterous relationship with a porn star over to my house for dinner. Why the f*ck would I want him as my President?? I overlooked a lot in the past election and that is never good. I hope he is impeached and removed from office. He might go down as the worst person ever.

    If Trump stuck to his campaign promises to make peace with Christian Russia…..you would really hate him even more and and write how you wish Obama was still in the POTUS threatening Christian Russia over Crimea.

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  28. @Anonymous
    I agree.

    Trump can't have the fanatics as enemies right now, so he's fatiguing them with faint frays.

    Of course….Trump has supernatural intelligence like the Q character from Star Trek:bring the human species to brink of thermonuclear extinction for a third time…but at the last plank scale of time, snap his fingers for a safe landing. Therefore, there can never be accidental nuclear war, even if we come to the plank scale of time brink of it……because Donald Trump like the Q character from Next Genetation Star Trek can mentally control space-time…..at the plank scale….and the foamy quantum foam below the plank scale dimension….Trump’s intelligence makes Ed Witten look like one of the retard residents of Willowbrook……….

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  29. Rurik says:

    What vital U.S. interest is imperiled in Idlib..?

    how about our immortal souls?

    God gave all that land to Israel!

    do you really want to raise your hand to GOD?!

    If Israel is prevented from stealing the Golan Heights, then God is going to be one pissed-off hombre!

    Have you ever read the Old Testament, Pat?

    Do you realize what a pissed-off Old Testament god acts like?!

    There is no wrath or fury like it, sir. And we would all do well to remember that!

    Either we slaughter enough Syrians and Iranians and Russians to ensure that Israel can steal the Golan, or we suffer the consequences. The throngs of dead American soldiers will be nothing compared to god’s fury if we fail to abase ourselves to the Jew$ in their hour of need!

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    You forgot to capitalize 'God' in your last sentence.

    You're screwed.
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  30. hrk says:

    I certainly hope not. But our president is basically a hostage in the White House, looking for friends in a very unfriendly world. I was surprised it took so long for the Zionist bloc to court him, or maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised?

    War will be Trump’s undoing, and that’s only part of the reason why DC and the media love war. Trump getting impeached over it is just a double win.

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  31. hrk says:

    Imagine if Russia issued this type of ultimatum over Fallujah or some other sh*thole that we invaded for Israel. They should be praised for their restraint, I’m not sure how they do it.

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    '...They should be praised for their restraint, I’m not sure how they do it.'

    They've got no choice; we're still too big to cross.

    We're building up quite a catalog of friends.

    When the chickens come home to roost, I'm not sure 'Israel made us do it' is going to cut much ice.

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  32. letzdanz says:

    Pat Buchanan:

    Is the President “going neo-con” you ask?

    Pschaaaw, you innocent and pre-”occupied” fellow! Did you consider whether the President, his appointees and policies are merely post-”occupied”?

    Alas, today is 9/11 and the real question is whether we should “dance” – as certain folks felt compelled to do back on 9/11/2001 (at least according to the East Rutherford PD and the FBI’s Newark N.J. field office).

    Are you “dancing” Pat Buchanan – if not, why?

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  33. @Joun
    I am a part of 'Trump's base' and I don't hate foreigners. I wish them a nice life in their own country. I don't want USG to harm them or import them.

    ‘I am a part of ‘Trump’s base’ and I don’t hate foreigners. I wish them a nice life in their own country. I don’t want USG to harm them or import them.’

    That’s more or less my point. I guess I’m part of ‘Trump’s base’ as well. At any rate, I’ve yet to see any viable candidate I would prefer. Jeff Sessions? Nut job on drugs, but I’d live with that.

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  34. @Rurik

    What vital U.S. interest is imperiled in Idlib..?
     
    how about our immortal souls?

    God gave all that land to Israel!

    do you really want to raise your hand to GOD?!

    If Israel is prevented from stealing the Golan Heights, then God is going to be one pissed-off hombre!

    Have you ever read the Old Testament, Pat?

    Do you realize what a pissed-off Old Testament god acts like?!

    There is no wrath or fury like it, sir. And we would all do well to remember that!

    Either we slaughter enough Syrians and Iranians and Russians to ensure that Israel can steal the Golan, or we suffer the consequences. The throngs of dead American soldiers will be nothing compared to god's fury if we fail to abase ourselves to the Jew$ in their hour of need!

    You forgot to capitalize ‘God’ in your last sentence.

    You’re screwed.

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  35. @hrk
    Imagine if Russia issued this type of ultimatum over Fallujah or some other sh*thole that we invaded for Israel. They should be praised for their restraint, I'm not sure how they do it.

    ‘…They should be praised for their restraint, I’m not sure how they do it.’

    They’ve got no choice; we’re still too big to cross.

    We’re building up quite a catalog of friends.

    When the chickens come home to roost, I’m not sure ‘Israel made us do it’ is going to cut much ice.

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  36. KenH says:
    @Colin Wright
    'I don’t know if the Jews have Trump over a barrel or if he’s cynically contemplating military action beyond some cruise missiles to fire up his political base for the midterms...'

    The former. Trump's base hates foreigners -- but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.

    If we go to war (or perhaps slide further into war would be a more accurate way of putting it), it'll be because Sheldon Adelson et al manipulated, paid, and forced Trump to do it, not because his base wants it.

    What I really fret about is Israel staging the requisite black flag attack to get us fired up. On the other hand if she tried it but was caught and -- somehow -- exposed, wouldn't that be lovely?

    The former. Trump’s base hates foreigners — but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.

    It may be the former but the majority of Trump’s base does not hate foreigners and simply have foreigner fatigue after tens of millions of them have crashed upon or shores since 1965. There’s nothing wrong or hateful with not wanting to be replaced.

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    This black and white nonsense makes discussion impossible.

    It’s either welcome refugees and love foreigners or build a wall and hate foreigners.

    But there are many shades in between, depending on what you mean by love, hate, and foreigner.

    If you don’t favor open borders then it is assumed you favor closed borders, isolation, and hate everything different from you.

    This childish dualism is tiresome and stupid.
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  37. Ivan K. says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.
     
    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won. He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.

    Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.
     
    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly--the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that--lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.

    “DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won.”

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history – unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:

    “obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. “

    “He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.”

    So, according to you, a “supremely cowardly” man “spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign.”

    Hey, ordinary cowards would tend to avoid that. A supremely cowardly one would run away from it. If he were cowardly, he could have done something like … Ron Paul did, for example.

    Purely from a logical perspective, I see contradictions here, or, to be charitable, problematic claims at best.

    Maybe it would have been the best if DJT to have lost like Buchanan, Paul and Unz, and returned to their company of talking sharply, wittily and powerlessly.

    Then, we could have continued just congratulating ourselves how witty and noble things we said against the government, dreaming of a noble-looking leader, – the way the world looked at Gorbachev.

    Oh and one more thing: “DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won.”

    You’re too gracious. He largely spoke from the same script since c. 1980, so he discarded his life-long position!

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    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history – unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:
     
    There zero reasons why the world should make sense to you or anyone. The MSM does its thing, Trumpy does his. Now that Orwellian mental states are fashionable, consistency is hard to come by. And apart from that, you don't get to see the crazy cabling of interests that's lying behind the scenes. Plus there's just too much going on.

    And this Idlib show is the top of the tops: When you can engineer a lousy casus belli in clear sight and no-one cares. Next step, let's be completely lazy and just start a war without any justification whatsoever.

    Wilhelmine Germany was under stronger parliamentarian control than the US is now.
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  38. So, according to you, a “supremely cowardly” man “spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign.”

    Hey, ordinary cowards would tend to avoid that. A supremely cowardly one would run away from it. If he were cowardly, he could have done something like … Ron Paul did, for example.

    It is absolutely obvious that DJT was chosen as a vessel. He does have (or had, rather) a group of people ranging from high level military professionals to even such heavyweights as Henry Kissinger, who on a sunny day passes in US for foreign policy “realist”, who were interested in changing American course in which re-balancing in foreign policy was a must, not just desirable. Trump as such is NOT capable to formulate serious policy because he is simply unqualified, least of all in military and foreign affairs. His cowardice is not about “talking from script”, his cowardice is in being afraid to stand up to neocon war-mongering class. I will omit here a rather tedious discussion, however needed to be held at some point, on a complete perversion of American patriotism.

    You’re too gracious. He largely spoke from the same script since c. 1980, so he discarded his life-long position!

    Largely “spoke” and actual policy are two absolutely different things, in fact, especially in American politics–absolutely unrelated. I can say whatever I want but, in the final analysis, I will be judged by my actions not by what I proclaim. At this stage this man, DJT, primarily because of his cowardice to stand up to Mueller’s probe, among many other things, and because he needs to demonstrate how anti-Russian he is (that is a clear cut case of a gigantic discrepancy between words and actions DUE to political cowardice) not only alienated Russia but, by playing to the neocon tune, did put the world on the brink of a very real world war. But here we are getting into the actual definition of courage of a statesman, not that of some show-biz personality who may have had at some point of time some noble random thoughts. He is dangerous because he is a coward, who will yield to pressure and will launch at targets in Syria–to call the bluff of his war-mongering cabinet, which he so enthusiastically assembled himself, is a bridge too far for him. In general, it is the issue for the US political class–it has no understanding what a true statesman is and what is required of him. I, of course, will be glad to be mistaken but, just FYI, I don’t know if you noticed but de-dollarization is picking up speed. Take out this factor and there will be no MAGA. BTW, Bullying “tactics” in deals, is usually a sublimation of a an inner bully who often are nothing more than aggressive cowards.

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history – unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:

    OK, so strategic butthurt of hugely DNC-controlled and HRC-biased frustrated US MSM do not count here. Nor de facto slow coup against POTUS. I see. I will omit here even the “secondary” issue of a viral Russophobia dominating the thinking of US political class.

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  39. APilgrim says:

    Presidents Trump, Putin & PM Netanyahu should REMAP the Middle East, from existing colonial borders, to more stable tribal/ethnic borders.

    Then forcefully make it happen, on the ground.

    Tell the UN to ‘Pound-Sand’.

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  40. Sickening and perilous reversal on Trump’s part.

    Other than my distinct and principled dislike (rising to the level of hate) of the Clintons who taught me to scream at the TV in the presence of my then grade school children due to Bill’s philandering and sexual abuse of subordinate, the principle reason I voted for the “Dotard” vs. Killary was her position on imposing a no-fly zone in Syria that had the potential to cause a conflict between the U.S. and Russia, both competent nuclear armed.

    To me, my family worth much more than all the Trumps and the Clintons on the planet.

    Now, that freaking dope has become ensnared by the crafty and malignant neocons due to his complete lack of mental capacity. As a consequence, my family is in as much danger from him as they were from Killary.

    From what freaking planet do our politicians arise? It’s certainly not Earth.

    I’ll renew my family evacuation plans to the Big Bend area of Texas which doesn’t seem to have an valuable nuclear targers. I’m moving my money there now.

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  41. @KenH

    The former. Trump’s base hates foreigners — but that means they want as little as possible to do with them, not go to war with them.
     
    It may be the former but the majority of Trump's base does not hate foreigners and simply have foreigner fatigue after tens of millions of them have crashed upon or shores since 1965. There's nothing wrong or hateful with not wanting to be replaced.

    This black and white nonsense makes discussion impossible.

    It’s either welcome refugees and love foreigners or build a wall and hate foreigners.

    But there are many shades in between, depending on what you mean by love, hate, and foreigner.

    If you don’t favor open borders then it is assumed you favor closed borders, isolation, and hate everything different from you.

    This childish dualism is tiresome and stupid.

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  42. El Dato says:
    @Yee
    The terrorists in Idlib are needed in Afghanistan.

    If Russia insist to annihilate them, there would surely be retaliation from the US, not necessarily military, probably financial attacks. Military action won't work anyway.

    If Russia agree to let the terrorists go, then she would be safe for the timebeing, but piss off China, Iran, Pakistan and bring long term troubles in Central Asia. There might not be another chance to corner them for annihilation.

    Idlib is going to be liberated, no doubt, only the fate of the terrorists haven't been decided. Russia has a decision to make.

    Idlib is going to be liberated, no doubt, only the fate of the terrorists haven’t been decided. Russia has a decision to make.

    Transport to the US seems like the right and humanitarian thing to do.

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  43. El Dato says:
    @Ivan K.
    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won."

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history - unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:

    "obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. "

    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    So, according to you, a "supremely cowardly" man "spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."

    Hey, ordinary cowards would tend to avoid that. A supremely cowardly one would run away from it. If he were cowardly, he could have done something like ... Ron Paul did, for example.

    Purely from a logical perspective, I see contradictions here, or, to be charitable, problematic claims at best.

    Maybe it would have been the best if DJT to have lost like Buchanan, Paul and Unz, and returned to their company of talking sharply, wittily and powerlessly.

    Then, we could have continued just congratulating ourselves how witty and noble things we said against the government, dreaming of a noble-looking leader, - the way the world looked at Gorbachev.

    Oh and one more thing: "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won."

    You're too gracious. He largely spoke from the same script since c. 1980, so he discarded his life-long position!

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history – unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:

    There zero reasons why the world should make sense to you or anyone. The MSM does its thing, Trumpy does his. Now that Orwellian mental states are fashionable, consistency is hard to come by. And apart from that, you don’t get to see the crazy cabling of interests that’s lying behind the scenes. Plus there’s just too much going on.

    And this Idlib show is the top of the tops: When you can engineer a lousy casus belli in clear sight and no-one cares. Next step, let’s be completely lazy and just start a war without any justification whatsoever.

    Wilhelmine Germany was under stronger parliamentarian control than the US is now.

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    There zero reasons why the world should make sense to you or anyone.
     
    I like that. And it's true, too.
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    @Andrei Martyanov

    But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.
     
    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won. He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.

    Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.
     
    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly--the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that--lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.

    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won.

    Indeed this is true.

    Americans are so desperate for a leader with both integrity and intelligence that they hope against hope that Trump will become the person that he clearly is not.

    It is like Waiting for Godot. And it is very sad for our nation.

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  45. @Renoman
    The Americans are nothing but a gang of thugs the entire World is against them and their cheap lies. Go home and fix your own disastrous excuse for a Country.

    The Americans are nothing but a gang of thugs the entire World is against them and their cheap lies. Go home and fix your own disastrous excuse for a Country.

    Gang of thugs? That, the US government has been and will continue to be. See this for example: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/imperial-gangster-nations-peddling-democracy-and-other-goodies-to-the-untutored/. Fact is they neither want to know of any other modus operandi other than mobster tactics or care to seek alternative ones. As for the entire world being against them, true too. But that reality is obscured by coining the useless self-serving term “international community”, which can vary in numbers (in the UN General Assembly) of two or three countries – the US, Israel and some “Stan” nation of the former Soviet republics to a handful of nations after relentless arm-twisting and threats from the Americans. The “international community” has made another appearance in the preparations of American and “allied” attacks on Syria in the latter’s impending assault on Idlib. The IC is of course deeply “concerned” for Syrian civilian lives in the face of a fabricated chemical gas attack, another WMD lie that has so far failed to hold. Never mind the undetermined number of civilians killed by allied bombing runs.

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  46. @Andrei Martyanov

    But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.
     
    DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign. He discarded all that the minute he won. He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show. He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster. So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.

    Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.
     
    Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly--the probability of making right decision is still low. We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that--lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen. To no country it applies more than to the United States. If Trump loses House this mid-terms can we expect Oprah to run on the Democratic ticket in 2020? Why not, let the party really get big. But without jokes, it is a mad house which is not going to end well.

    “DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign.”

    Weak in what sense? By running on a platform of open defiance to the “deep state,” thereby ostensibly risking his life in the process, he certainly created the opposite impression during the campaign.

    Also, don’t forget that Trump was criticizing Obama’s interventionist foreign policy, especially regarding Syria, long before the “campaign”:

    And these statements by Trump would seem to comport with what he said during the campaign.

    “He discarded all that the minute he won.”

    You can say that again; maybe it was even the *second* he won. And the instantaneity of the change seems suspicious in itself, doesn’t it?

    “He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show.”

    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn’t to “make America great again(?)” or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?

    “He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster.”

    Why didn’t he choose Walter Jones, Rand Paul or Pat Buchanan? Why only the worst of the worst?

    “So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly.”

    Yet he was not a career politician and he appeared to be putting himself at great risk during the campaign by taking the positions that he took.

    “Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low.”

    I don’t think a lack of “military expertise” has anything to with it. Trump obviously cannot discern right from wrong; he’s completely morally bankrupt.

    “We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen.”

    The problem is, given the breathtakingly degenerate moral and political milieu, what does it mean exactly to be a “successful” “statesman” in contemporary post-constitutional America?

    IMO, there is only one theory that explains the Trump “presidency”, and that is the theory that Trump’s a “deep state” Trojan horse whose whole campaign was a calculated “bait and switch” fraud from the beginning. He’s a “deep cover”/”sleeper” agent long groomed and “waiting in the wings” for his masters’ beck and call, which finally came when Obama failed to deliver the world into their hands.

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    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn’t to “make America great again(?)” or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?
     
    I was pretty explicit on this matter--Trump is a vessel. He is (was) a front for people who I would define as "American patriots" and "realists". They do exist and this strata is not small--I am talking about people of real influence and expertise, not average Joes and Janes. Trump lusts power, he always did and his was non-systemic candidate, a perfect package to use as a conduit for MAGA ideas. Well, we know how it turned out--especially against the background of today's news of possibly Mattis being on the way out. This, I think, will "restore" your "faith"

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2018/09/13/from-mad-dog-to-moderate-dog-mattis-trump-tensions-grow/

    Meanwhile, the way Trump conducts MAGA portends anything but Making America Great Again because a crucial, a must pre-condition for that was a complete reformatting of US foreign policy. Great, it was reformatted alright. This is not mention the fact that nobody from current American political class should be allowed anywhere near command and control authority over US nuclear arsenal and armed forces--they are almost all, with some minor exceptions, are not fit to run a nuclear superpower. FFS, this country is de facto now being run by show-biz personality and real estate developer and a lawyer draft-dodger who know zero about geopolitical interactions between superpowers.
    , @Digital Samizdat

    Why did he run for president in the first place?
     
    My theory is that Trump never expected to win. How many people thought he would? He just wanted to get a show on Fox, and the best way to do that nowadays is to be a failed Republican candidate with a small but dedicated following--think Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, etc.

    We are through the looking glass now ... and so is Trump. God help us all!
    , @Anonymous
    I don't think Trump has a choice in this. Israel has something on him or is threatening some form of disaster that can't be ignored. My opinion is a threat of economic collapse, assassination of Trump and or his family or some form of nuclear/biological threat against the US generally. He has to play ball.

    Whatever is happening, he is doing all the things he was hoping to avoid during the campaign. There is no reason why he would run for President if he didn't intend to to do what he campaigned on. His name is mud now from a business perspective, the elite hate him and the deplorables will come to hate him even more if he continues to go against his campaign promises.

    It just doesn't make sense unless there is something behind the scenes more powerful than Trump directing his actions. He may be negotiating some latitude on domestic issues in exchange for compromising on foreign policy.

    I don't think people realize how utterly determined and ruthless jewish interests are. They aren't going to allow someone like Trump to ruin plans they have been developing for decades.
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  47. @Prof Watson
    The last two times, Trump had a few missiles launched which did no real damage. Russia will watch again and they expect the same results. Nothing to get excited about. Nothing to see here folks, keep on moving.

    According to the below article, US recently ran out of missiles following one of their latest firepower demonstrations. So, with that being the case, how they gonna engage Russian forces in Syria?

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/defense-leaders-warn-of-tomahawk-missile-shortage/

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  48. @Harold Smith
    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."


    Weak in what sense? By running on a platform of open defiance to the "deep state," thereby ostensibly risking his life in the process, he certainly created the opposite impression during the campaign.

    Also, don't forget that Trump was criticizing Obama's interventionist foreign policy, especially regarding Syria, long before the "campaign":

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/375609403376144384

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/373581528405905408

    And these statements by Trump would seem to comport with what he said during the campaign.


    "He discarded all that the minute he won."


    You can say that again; maybe it was even the *second* he won. And the instantaneity of the change seems suspicious in itself, doesn't it?


    "He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show."


    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn't to "make America great again(?)" or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?


    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster."


    Why didn't he choose Walter Jones, Rand Paul or Pat Buchanan? Why only the worst of the worst?


    "So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    Yet he was not a career politician and he appeared to be putting himself at great risk during the campaign by taking the positions that he took.


    "Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low."


    I don't think a lack of "military expertise" has anything to with it. Trump obviously cannot discern right from wrong; he's completely morally bankrupt.


    "We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen."


    The problem is, given the breathtakingly degenerate moral and political milieu, what does it mean exactly to be a "successful" "statesman" in contemporary post-constitutional America?

    IMO, there is only one theory that explains the Trump "presidency", and that is the theory that Trump's a "deep state" Trojan horse whose whole campaign was a calculated "bait and switch" fraud from the beginning. He's a "deep cover"/"sleeper" agent long groomed and "waiting in the wings" for his masters' beck and call, which finally came when Obama failed to deliver the world into their hands.

    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn’t to “make America great again(?)” or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?

    I was pretty explicit on this matter–Trump is a vessel. He is (was) a front for people who I would define as “American patriots” and “realists”. They do exist and this strata is not small–I am talking about people of real influence and expertise, not average Joes and Janes. Trump lusts power, he always did and his was non-systemic candidate, a perfect package to use as a conduit for MAGA ideas. Well, we know how it turned out–especially against the background of today’s news of possibly Mattis being on the way out. This, I think, will “restore” your “faith”

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2018/09/13/from-mad-dog-to-moderate-dog-mattis-trump-tensions-grow/

    Meanwhile, the way Trump conducts MAGA portends anything but Making America Great Again because a crucial, a must pre-condition for that was a complete reformatting of US foreign policy. Great, it was reformatted alright. This is not mention the fact that nobody from current American political class should be allowed anywhere near command and control authority over US nuclear arsenal and armed forces–they are almost all, with some minor exceptions, are not fit to run a nuclear superpower. FFS, this country is de facto now being run by show-biz personality and real estate developer and a lawyer draft-dodger who know zero about geopolitical interactions between superpowers.

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    "I was pretty explicit on this matter–Trump is a vessel."

    More of a "vassal" IMO.

    "He is (was) a front for people who I would define as 'American patriots' and 'realists.'

    I'm not sure I understand your use of the word "front" here, but I consider myself an American "patriot" and I voted for Trump, as did many other patriotic people.

    I voted for him primarily because he presented himself as an alternative to the illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and dangerously confrontational foreign policy that Obama and Clinton stood for.

    I was at first going to just stay home on election day, as I usually do, but because of Trump's non-career-politician background, I gave him the benefit of the doubt - i.e. that he was not "demon-possessed" - and decided to go vote for him. This isn't to say I implicitly trusted him, I didn't; I just didn't think he was evil enough to pursue a self-destructive foreign policy that risked planetary extinction.

    "Trump lusts power, he always did and his was non-systemic candidate, a perfect package to use as a conduit for MAGA ideas. "

    But if he "lusts power" why did he wait until he was 70 years old before seriously seeking it? That doesn't make sense to me. Most serial killers start much earlier in life.

    And if he really lusted for power why doesn't he do what he was elected to do? Why doesn't he make himself truly popular by cutting the bloody imperialism like he promised, and instead peacefully coexisting with Russia and China?

    Putin's popular in Russia not because he's 100% correct on everything but because he at least seems to be acting in good faith as he tries to do what's best for Russia. Trump had the option to do the same and achieve true popularity but he didn't.

    Anyway, what got Trump elected IMO was his apparent "outsider" status and his anti-interventionist rhetoric. In fact it was apparently the 10% (or whatever) of former Sanders supporters (antiwar Democrats) that swung the election to Trump. (I believe Obama's attack on Syrian forces at Deir Ezzor in Sept. 2016 was a calculated act intended to swing the election to Trump, and it worked).

    "Meanwhile, the way Trump conducts MAGA portends anything but Making America Great Again because a crucial, a must pre-condition for that was a complete reformatting of US foreign policy."

    Well as we see now, the man is a liar and a complete fraud; a reprobate. He obviously doesn't care anymore about America than he does about Yemen for example.

    Anyway, I think few if any of us early Trump supporters expected a "complete reformatting of U.S. foreign policy" (to use your generous language), but I'll presume to speak for many of us and say we were expecting at least some kind of baby steps in the right direction. But what did he do instead? He became "Obama on steroids." So I'm sorry but I have to stick to my view that Trump set out to deceive us from the beginning. The man is a "deep state" agent.

    "This is not mention the fact that nobody from current American political class should be allowed anywhere near command and control authority over US nuclear arsenal and armed forces–they are almost all, with some minor exceptions, are not fit to run a nuclear superpower."

    You're very generous. They're literally not fit to push carts at Walmart. (In all seriousness, if they answered the questions on the Walmart pre-employment questionnaire honestly, they would be disqualified).
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  49. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    “Turkey already hosts millions of refugees from Syria’s civil war.”

    Dear Mr. Buchanan: It is not a “civil war.”

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  50. @Harold Smith
    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."


    Weak in what sense? By running on a platform of open defiance to the "deep state," thereby ostensibly risking his life in the process, he certainly created the opposite impression during the campaign.

    Also, don't forget that Trump was criticizing Obama's interventionist foreign policy, especially regarding Syria, long before the "campaign":

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/375609403376144384

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/373581528405905408

    And these statements by Trump would seem to comport with what he said during the campaign.


    "He discarded all that the minute he won."


    You can say that again; maybe it was even the *second* he won. And the instantaneity of the change seems suspicious in itself, doesn't it?


    "He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show."


    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn't to "make America great again(?)" or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?


    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster."


    Why didn't he choose Walter Jones, Rand Paul or Pat Buchanan? Why only the worst of the worst?


    "So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    Yet he was not a career politician and he appeared to be putting himself at great risk during the campaign by taking the positions that he took.


    "Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low."


    I don't think a lack of "military expertise" has anything to with it. Trump obviously cannot discern right from wrong; he's completely morally bankrupt.


    "We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen."


    The problem is, given the breathtakingly degenerate moral and political milieu, what does it mean exactly to be a "successful" "statesman" in contemporary post-constitutional America?

    IMO, there is only one theory that explains the Trump "presidency", and that is the theory that Trump's a "deep state" Trojan horse whose whole campaign was a calculated "bait and switch" fraud from the beginning. He's a "deep cover"/"sleeper" agent long groomed and "waiting in the wings" for his masters' beck and call, which finally came when Obama failed to deliver the world into their hands.

    Why did he run for president in the first place?

    My theory is that Trump never expected to win. How many people thought he would? He just wanted to get a show on Fox, and the best way to do that nowadays is to be a failed Republican candidate with a small but dedicated following–think Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, etc.

    We are through the looking glass now … and so is Trump. God help us all!

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  51. In an editorial Friday, the Post goaded Trump, calling his response to Assad’s ruthless recapture of his country “pathetically weak.” To stand by and let the Syrian army annihilate the rebels in Idlib, said the Post, would be “another damaging abdication of U.S. leadership.”

    I hate using the word ‘Orwellian’ these days, just because everything seems so Orwellian to me anymore, but Pat, when exactly did the defense of one’s own country against the most vicious sectarian head-choppers imaginable become a “ruthless” act?

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  52. Anonymous[101] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harold Smith
    "DJT is a weak man who spoke from the script written by the real American patriots during election campaign."


    Weak in what sense? By running on a platform of open defiance to the "deep state," thereby ostensibly risking his life in the process, he certainly created the opposite impression during the campaign.

    Also, don't forget that Trump was criticizing Obama's interventionist foreign policy, especially regarding Syria, long before the "campaign":

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/375609403376144384

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/373581528405905408

    And these statements by Trump would seem to comport with what he said during the campaign.


    "He discarded all that the minute he won."


    You can say that again; maybe it was even the *second* he won. And the instantaneity of the change seems suspicious in itself, doesn't it?


    "He, obviously, mistook POTUS position for TV-show."


    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn't to "make America great again(?)" or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?


    "He himself assembled this cabinet of his, granted that choices in current US political class vary between very bad to a complete disaster."


    Why didn't he choose Walter Jones, Rand Paul or Pat Buchanan? Why only the worst of the worst?


    "So, in a sense Trump is representative of US political class-incompetent, arrogant and supremely cowardly."

    Yet he was not a career politician and he appeared to be putting himself at great risk during the campaign by taking the positions that he took.


    "Trump has no background whatsoever to have any, even rudimentary, military expertise, as does not his cabinet, as does not most of the American political class. That is why even when briefed properly–the probability of making right decision is still low."


    I don't think a lack of "military expertise" has anything to with it. Trump obviously cannot discern right from wrong; he's completely morally bankrupt.


    "We, of course, remember another show-biz personality who, apart from bringing neocon cabal on board, was also a complete ignoramus on the issues of defense. He, however, got lucky. This brings fore the issue that–lawyers and political scientists do not make good statesmen."


    The problem is, given the breathtakingly degenerate moral and political milieu, what does it mean exactly to be a "successful" "statesman" in contemporary post-constitutional America?

    IMO, there is only one theory that explains the Trump "presidency", and that is the theory that Trump's a "deep state" Trojan horse whose whole campaign was a calculated "bait and switch" fraud from the beginning. He's a "deep cover"/"sleeper" agent long groomed and "waiting in the wings" for his masters' beck and call, which finally came when Obama failed to deliver the world into their hands.

    I don’t think Trump has a choice in this. Israel has something on him or is threatening some form of disaster that can’t be ignored. My opinion is a threat of economic collapse, assassination of Trump and or his family or some form of nuclear/biological threat against the US generally. He has to play ball.

    Whatever is happening, he is doing all the things he was hoping to avoid during the campaign. There is no reason why he would run for President if he didn’t intend to to do what he campaigned on. His name is mud now from a business perspective, the elite hate him and the deplorables will come to hate him even more if he continues to go against his campaign promises.

    It just doesn’t make sense unless there is something behind the scenes more powerful than Trump directing his actions. He may be negotiating some latitude on domestic issues in exchange for compromising on foreign policy.

    I don’t think people realize how utterly determined and ruthless jewish interests are. They aren’t going to allow someone like Trump to ruin plans they have been developing for decades.

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  53. @Andrei Martyanov

    But this poses a few important questions: Why did he run for president in the first place? What would impel a 70 year old grandfather, an independently wealthy, non-career politician, to run for president if it wasn’t to “make America great again(?)” or at least to try to do so? And is it just a coincidence that he ended up morphing into Hillary Clinton instead of Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford, for example?
     
    I was pretty explicit on this matter--Trump is a vessel. He is (was) a front for people who I would define as "American patriots" and "realists". They do exist and this strata is not small--I am talking about people of real influence and expertise, not average Joes and Janes. Trump lusts power, he always did and his was non-systemic candidate, a perfect package to use as a conduit for MAGA ideas. Well, we know how it turned out--especially against the background of today's news of possibly Mattis being on the way out. This, I think, will "restore" your "faith"

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2018/09/13/from-mad-dog-to-moderate-dog-mattis-trump-tensions-grow/

    Meanwhile, the way Trump conducts MAGA portends anything but Making America Great Again because a crucial, a must pre-condition for that was a complete reformatting of US foreign policy. Great, it was reformatted alright. This is not mention the fact that nobody from current American political class should be allowed anywhere near command and control authority over US nuclear arsenal and armed forces--they are almost all, with some minor exceptions, are not fit to run a nuclear superpower. FFS, this country is de facto now being run by show-biz personality and real estate developer and a lawyer draft-dodger who know zero about geopolitical interactions between superpowers.

    “I was pretty explicit on this matter–Trump is a vessel.”

    More of a “vassal” IMO.

    “He is (was) a front for people who I would define as ‘American patriots’ and ‘realists.’

    I’m not sure I understand your use of the word “front” here, but I consider myself an American “patriot” and I voted for Trump, as did many other patriotic people.

    I voted for him primarily because he presented himself as an alternative to the illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and dangerously confrontational foreign policy that Obama and Clinton stood for.

    I was at first going to just stay home on election day, as I usually do, but because of Trump’s non-career-politician background, I gave him the benefit of the doubt – i.e. that he was not “demon-possessed” – and decided to go vote for him. This isn’t to say I implicitly trusted him, I didn’t; I just didn’t think he was evil enough to pursue a self-destructive foreign policy that risked planetary extinction.

    “Trump lusts power, he always did and his was non-systemic candidate, a perfect package to use as a conduit for MAGA ideas. ”

    But if he “lusts power” why did he wait until he was 70 years old before seriously seeking it? That doesn’t make sense to me. Most serial killers start much earlier in life.

    And if he really lusted for power why doesn’t he do what he was elected to do? Why doesn’t he make himself truly popular by cutting the bloody imperialism like he promised, and instead peacefully coexisting with Russia and China?

    Putin’s popular in Russia not because he’s 100% correct on everything but because he at least seems to be acting in good faith as he tries to do what’s best for Russia. Trump had the option to do the same and achieve true popularity but he didn’t.

    Anyway, what got Trump elected IMO was his apparent “outsider” status and his anti-interventionist rhetoric. In fact it was apparently the 10% (or whatever) of former Sanders supporters (antiwar Democrats) that swung the election to Trump. (I believe Obama’s attack on Syrian forces at Deir Ezzor in Sept. 2016 was a calculated act intended to swing the election to Trump, and it worked).

    “Meanwhile, the way Trump conducts MAGA portends anything but Making America Great Again because a crucial, a must pre-condition for that was a complete reformatting of US foreign policy.”

    Well as we see now, the man is a liar and a complete fraud; a reprobate. He obviously doesn’t care anymore about America than he does about Yemen for example.

    Anyway, I think few if any of us early Trump supporters expected a “complete reformatting of U.S. foreign policy” (to use your generous language), but I’ll presume to speak for many of us and say we were expecting at least some kind of baby steps in the right direction. But what did he do instead? He became “Obama on steroids.” So I’m sorry but I have to stick to my view that Trump set out to deceive us from the beginning. The man is a “deep state” agent.

    “This is not mention the fact that nobody from current American political class should be allowed anywhere near command and control authority over US nuclear arsenal and armed forces–they are almost all, with some minor exceptions, are not fit to run a nuclear superpower.”

    You’re very generous. They’re literally not fit to push carts at Walmart. (In all seriousness, if they answered the questions on the Walmart pre-employment questionnaire honestly, they would be disqualified).

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  54. It’s no surprise that President Trump serves the interests of the Zionist-Saudi cabal. Has there been a president in the post-WW2 era who has not done the same? There are positive qualities to Trump, but he is captive to the desires of the cabal. Remember that his son-in-law, Damien Kushner, is a member of Chabad Lubavitch, a supremacist Hasidic sect. It’s going to take a massive upheaval of some kind to free this country from the grip of the cabal.

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  55. @Harold Smith
    "Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. "

    No, Trump hasn't struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas; rather, Trump struck Syria twice for its ALLEGED use of poison gas.

    No, Trump hasn’t struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas; rather, Trump struck Syria twice for its ALLEGED use of poison gas.

    Ya beat me to it.

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  56. @anonymous
    I doubt you'll receive a substantial response on this thread, either.

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

    Linh Dinh, as published at The Unz Reviw, June 12, 2016

    Brilliant. Of both LD for saying it, and you for reminding us.

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  57. MarkinLA says:

    I don’t think Israel has anything on Trump or that he is some kind of vessel. However, look at the way the Senate and House leadership acted when the Mueller hoax started. They all threatened him with impeachment if he fired Mueller. He is boxed in. He doesn’t have enough political capital to tell Congress to F-off. He would be impeached by all those Israel firsters and NeverTrumpers if he pulled troops out of Syria. Nobody would have the guts to stand up for Trump and he knows it. He was probably told that by clowns like Lindsay Graham.

    As long as the stupid American media keeps playing the Assad and Russia the bad guy stuff and stupid Americans continue to believe it, Trump has to continue to play along. Hopefully, he will hold the House and Senate and will be able to pull away from this nonsense some. Of course, if that happens and he still doesn’t change course, then forget everything I wrote.

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  58. @El Dato

    If so, there are zero reasons for the msm to have against him possibly the largest campaign against a single man in history – unless they do out of an instinct for a TV show, which you deny it is:
     
    There zero reasons why the world should make sense to you or anyone. The MSM does its thing, Trumpy does his. Now that Orwellian mental states are fashionable, consistency is hard to come by. And apart from that, you don't get to see the crazy cabling of interests that's lying behind the scenes. Plus there's just too much going on.

    And this Idlib show is the top of the tops: When you can engineer a lousy casus belli in clear sight and no-one cares. Next step, let's be completely lazy and just start a war without any justification whatsoever.

    Wilhelmine Germany was under stronger parliamentarian control than the US is now.

    There zero reasons why the world should make sense to you or anyone.

    I like that. And it’s true, too.

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  59. Peter Maya says: • Website
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    It's Orwell on steroids. On the 17th anniversary of permanent warfare against jihadi elements, the new plan is to start a war, potentially nuclear, on behalf of jihadi elements. Russia and Syria should respond by cooling off on the attack on Idlib for the moment, but the asymmetrical response by Russia should be to cut off air routes to the yankee garrison in Afghanistan. A defeat of the yankee war machine there should preoccupy them for long enough for the Syria thing to be cleared up. If the US makes an attack on Syrian, Iranian or Russian forces based on this proven false flag, then, Hezbollah should respond by lobbing a few missiles at the Dimona plant. This creates a fukushima-like situation, and will cost a lot of money to resolve. Asymmetrical responses are what is necessary.

    And where is the USA Congress War Act??? the Pacifist LEFT?? at the very root of this WW III is the insane monstruosity of the Greater Israel ultra Zionist on steroids…Does Israel really think that they can expand its borders into Lebanon, Sinai, Yemen, Irak, and the Golan without any opposition response reaction from the native populations…..will millions of Arabs just banished…can Israel erase all forms of “pseudo” democratic arab regimes with zio regimes,…what will the costs for Israel and specially for the USA military establishment???? Is everyday more clear that the creation of Israel was NEVER to give the jewish people a homeland never….Israel is a “nation-like” creature to enforce, promote, and preserve the interests of the world Zionist Olygarchy and the world economic imperial western powers….Israel to exist needs long term PEACE , but Zionism can not exists without perpetual WARS…

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  60. No hope says:

    You are so right. I could have not said it better in 10 lifetimes. Thanks very much.

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  61. No hope says:

    You have articulated the facts very well. As long as there are Americans like you: there is hope.

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