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Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?

By Thomas L. Knapp | Garrison Center | December 27, 2018

In March, US president Donald Trump promised the American public that US troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.”

Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into turmoil by finally ordering the withdrawal he’d promised. Politicians like US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who’d never once in four years bestirred themselves to authorize the previous president’s decision to go to war there in the first place, railed against Trump’s decision to bring the bloody matter to a close.

Instead of backing down in the face of opposition, Trump doubled down. Or, rather, decided to draw down the 17-year-long US military presence in Afghanistan.

Then he jetted off for a surprise Christmas visit to Iraq … eliciting, with his usual theatrics, calls from Iraqi lawmakers for US withdrawal from THAT country. I suspect he may concede to that demand as well.

Nothing’s written in stone, and both US foreign policy and Donald Trump are prone to sudden and unexpected turns. But the holiday season is a time of hope. Maybe, just maybe, nearly three decades of US war in the Middle East are coming to the beginning of their end.

Adding to that hope, let’s turn an eye further east.

After significant saber-rattling and then a sudden turn toward personal diplomacy, Trump stood back and let events on the Korean peninsula take their course even as he continued the bellicose rhetoric and sanctions noises demanded of him by Graham and company.

As a result, North and South seem on the brink of ending a 68-year war. They’ve begun removing land mines and guard posts along the Demilitarized Zone. They’ve broken ground on a railway connecting the two countries.

Is it possible that Trump, as some of his supporters like to say, has been playing 4D chess while the rest of us distracted ourselves with checkers?

I’d really like to think so, and I do hope so.

As an advocate for ending US military adventurism, I’ve doubted Trump every step of the way. During his presidential campaign, he alternated between talking peace and pronouncing himself the most militaristic of the GOP’s presidential aspirants.

I’ve generally found it safer to believe the worst, rather than the best, things politicians say about themselves. But at moments like these, his bizarre zigs and zags on the global 4D chess board suddenly seem in retrospect to have taken American foreign policy in the right direction.

If he brings home substantial numbers of the American fighting men and women now in harm’s way around the globe, he will have secured his legacy and deserve the thanks of a grateful nation. I wish him every success in that endeavor.

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men, and Happy New Year.

December 28, 2018 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?

    Right. Like Trump is not a ventriloquist’s dummy. Like they’re not all ventriloquist’s dummies.

    Suddenly Trump is what—anti-American Empire? HAHAHAHAHA

    What is wrong with people that don’t understand that this is the REALITY TV SHOW Presidency.

    It’s theater, as usual. Why bother with all your emotions except that you are so easily led?

    Dubya wasn’t impeached. Impeachment talk is just that—BULLSHIT. Sorry, fake LIBS.

    Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

    • Or, I should have said: anti-USrael empire. Israel.

      Apparently the shekels and the blackmail and the threats are very POWERFUL.

      But not quite powerful enough. Poor impotence. Go impotent yourself into oblivion.

      Bring up the name Jesus Christ and watch them holler.

      Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

      • Pretty soon we will be lawfully forbidden to even speak His name? I’m extrapolating here.

        Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

  2. Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel—apartheid state. I don’t give a gawl darn fig about the stupid gawl darn laws in each state.

    Go fuck yourself LAWS. I see you states—including Alabama.

    Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

  3. Somewhere in hell, Nikki Haley is happy. Go fuck yourself.

    Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

  4. I’m truly trying to quit cussing. Honest. (Don’t ever start kids. It’s hard to stop.)

    Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply

  5. Oh oops, this is what I’m talking about:

    https://off-guardian.org/2018/12/23/land-of-the-free/

    Comment by tsisageya | December 28, 2018 | Reply


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