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There’s been a lot of free-floating fear and horror in the media recently about the appointment as national security adviser of John Bolton, a man who’s been itching for war(s) since the 1990s. His approach to Iran and North Korea in particular (not quite nuke ’em!, but not that much short of it either) isn’t what you’d call either carefully calibrated or particularly diplomatic. Still, a certain balance in reporting on Bolton has been lacking. You can search in vain for any outlets (other than Fox News) giving President Trump the slightest credit for what he did, which was no mean trick. After all, short of bringing former Vice President Dick Cheney out of “retirement” and making him secretary of defense (as indeed he was for President George H.W. Bush), it’s hard to think of a single former official of the George W. Bush administration — or more or less anyone else — who would still so vehemently defend the absolute brilliance of the invasion of Iraq and of “preemptive war.” On that score, Bolton is as close to the last man standing as you’re likely to find and since, in his eagerness for that 2003 invasion (and his willingness to back intelligence information, no matter how false, promoting it), he was also one of the first men standing, which means he is indeed a unique candidate for the national security adviser’s job.

Unfortunately, the media (Fox News excepted) just doesn’t get the thrill of it all. Keep in mind that President Trump tried “my generals” for more than a year and what did that get him? Deeper into Afghanistan, four dead Green Berets in Niger, stuck in Syria. Now, he’s putting the fate of the republic back in the hands of civilians (and in the process, miraculously enough, turning those hawkish generals into the true “adults” in, or presently leaving, or soon to leave the “room”). So some civilians are about to have their moment. Give them nine months at the outside. Bolton, in particular, has a reputation for being acerbic and beyond blunt in his views, so don’t expect him to last long with a president who clearly must be pandered to in extreme ways by those who care to survive in office — or in the Oval Office — for even modest lengths of time.


Here, then, is the true thrill of it all: imagining what could possibly come next. After the generals, the neocons, the Tea Party right, the Fox News commentators, the Islamophobes and Iranophobes of every sort — that is, by election time 2018 — who’s going to be left? What pool of Martians could Donald Trump possibly choose from for his next set of appointees? Stay tuned and, while you’re waiting, let TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon, author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, return you to that invasion-of-Iraq moment and remind you of what a thoroughly stellar crew we’ve had running our ship of state, our own Titanic, for much of the time since.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, Donald Trump 
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  1. Patriot says:

    Yes, it is true that the Neocons are war criminals who led us into 17 yrs of costly, illegal, immoral, and useless (for USA) wars. But on the otherhand, these wars greatly benefited Israel in that America killed millions of Muslims and turned the Muslim nations surrounding Israel into rubble.

    Israel prefers that Americans fight, pay and die to kill Muslims, because otherwise Jews might have to do it.

    Jews and Muslems have been at each others throats for 1,300 years, and it is important for Americans to get in the middle of that fight. I know that here in the USA Midwest farm country where I’m from, nothing is more satisfying for parents than to send their Christian children to fight Muslims for Jews.

    Thanks to the Jewish Neocons, Jewish money, and Jewish media for pushing America into these wars to benefit Jews. If only more American youth would step up to make the ultimate sacrifice. Heros every one of them.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  2. Wally says:

    The facts about the Nuremberg Show Trials:

    It was accepted at Nuremberg that Jews were steamed to death at Treblinka in gas chambers,
    see: ‘All Steamed up at Treblinka and superlatively accurate / The importance of the Steam Tales’

    The official use of torture in extracting “confessions” from Germans has been confirmed repeatedly.

    – All but two of the Germans [on trial at Nuremberg], in the 139 cases that we investigated, had their testicles kicked in beyond repair. This was standard operating procedure with our American investigators:” 23.1.49, The Sunday Pictorial (quoted in For Those Who Cannot Speak (ref. 27), p.21.The statements which were admitted as evidence were obtained from men who had first been kept in solitary confinement for three, four and five months..The investigators would put a black hood over the accused’s head, punch him in the face with brass knuckles, kick him and beat him with rubber hoses. Observer & American judge, van Roden

    – Judge van Roden’s allegation of torture to gain “confessions” is confirmed by Texas Supreme Court Judge, Gordon Simpson. He confirmed that savage beatings, smashing of testicles, and months of solitary confinement occurred. Congressional Record, appendix v. 95, sec.12, 3/10/49

    – U.S. Congressional Representative, Lawrence H. Smith of Wisconsin said:
    ” The Nuremberg Trials are so repugnant to the Anglo-Saxon principles of justice that we must forever be ashamed of that page in our history.”
    Congressional Record, appendix, v.95, sec.14, 6/15/49

    – The admission of Bernard Clarke was corroborated by Mr. Ken Jones in ‘The Wrexham Leader’, October 17, 1986.
    Mr. Jones was then a private with the Fifth Royal Horse Artillery stationed at Heid in Schleswig-Holstein.
    “They brought him to us when he refused to cooperate over questioning about his activites during the war. He came in the winter of 1945/6 and was put in a small jail cell in the barracks,” recalls Mr. Jones. Two other soldiers were detailed with Mr. Jones to join Hoess in his cell to help break him down for interrogation.”
    “We sat in the cell with him, night and day, armed with axe handles. Our job was to prod him every time he fell asleep to help break down his resistance,” said Mr. Jones.
    When Hoess was taken out for exercise, he was made to wear only jeans and a thin cotton shirt in the bitter cold. After three days and nights without sleep, Hoess finally broke down and made a full confession to the authorities.

    -When Hoess was taken out for exercise, he was made to wear only jeans and a thin cotton shirt in the bitter cold. After three days and nights without sleep, Hoess finally broke down and made a full confession to the authorities.
    – “The London Cage was used partly as a torture centre, inside which large numbers of German officers and soldiers were subjected to systematic ill-treatment. In total 3,573 men passed through the Cage, and more than 1,000 were persuaded to give statements about war crimes. The brutality did not end with the war, moreover: a number of German civilians joined the servicemen who were interrogated there up to 1948.
    -TORTURE: verifiable, acknowledged, damning. What Does It Mean for Revisionism?’
    – Nuremberg – Fair Trial or Show Trial ?’

  3. anarchyst says:

    Actually Jews and Moslems are of the same cloth, and if push comes to shove, they will consolidate their forces to go after the “great satan”, as Jews and Moslems share most of the same beliefs. The concept that Jews and Moslems are at each others throats is all for show…they have much more commonality of purpose than they let on…
    One could safely argue that Islam is an Arabicized form of Pharisaic Judaism…

    • Replies: @CalDre
  4. In order to be even remotely credible, Rebecca Gordon needs to come clean about her pro-Zionist sympathies. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

    Gordon must acknowledge and–if she expects to be taken seriously–she should explore the key role played by Israel and its far-flung agents and lobbies in orchestrating Zio-Washington’s destruction of Iraq, Libya, Syria as well as America’s unconditional sponsorship of Israel’s destruction of Palestine.

    Why does Gordon’s superficial essay never mention the words ‘Zionism’ or ‘Israel’? Incredibly, Gordon took the time to deride the unimportant and fading (and isolationist) Tea Party while she ignores the elephant in the room. Ridiculous.

    Gordon should look ahead. Surely she understands that if global Jewry gets its way, Zio-Washington’s next military hit will be Iran. The clock is ticking, Ms. Gordon.

    What we have here is a criminal conspiracy of the highest order. And it’s covered with Zionist fingerprints.

    As a (low-level) public intellectual, Gordon should be ashamed of her duplicitous role in these criminal affairs.

  5. CalDre says:

    Agree that Islam falls somewhere between Christianity and Judaism on the religious scale (Judaism being worship of the Monstrous Beast Yahweh, Christianity being worship of the Angelic Jesus, and Islam having some of both).

    But most Jews and Christians are not religious anymore. At least, they don’t believe in their Yahweh/God – their religion has moved to the, how to classify it … well, secular humanism, clearly a religion but one without a god (but many religions do not have gods). Muslims, however, remain quite religious.

    But you will find conflict between many similar groups. For example, think of all the wars in Europe over the last few centuries? Were they all fake? This is all intra-Christian conflict. Have a look at this page on Wikipedia (while no doubt not 100% accurate, and all the conflicts are not wars; it gives an idea):

  6. CalDre says:

    I agree that Trump is obviously very difficult to work with and a terrible manager and negotiator.

    Like everything else in Trump’s campaign (and before him, Obama’s campaign, etc.), his “great negotiating skills” and “great leadership” were a total lie. He sucks at both.

    And we have no wall. No new trade agreements. No expulsions of illegals (and Trump even begging to get DREAMers amnesty in the last budget bill). No withdrawal of troops from foreign soil. Nobody in NATO “paying their own way”.

    All lies. Which sums up the US government: all lies, corruption, killing and destruction.

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