Is That A Never Bernie Movement?

First thing to know is that Bernie is NO Radical (more on this further down the post)….

We heard so much about the Never Trump people in Right wing blogs…..and now that Bernie is entrenched in the front runner status the MSM has fired up another meme….Never Bernie.

That conserv bastion of opinion Red State has written…..

The panic on the professional left has begun. What is the “professional left” you say? Those who make a fabulous living in media talking about reaching the goals that Bernie Sanders speaks of, they just never thought they would be part of the full-blown plan in their lifetimes.

The lefties at MSNBC have launched the #NeverBernie movement and they are dead serious about it.

As of this writing with almost 50% of the results so far tallied in Nevada, Bernie Sanders sailed to victory with close to 47% of the vote. Here are the latest numbers from Politico

MSNBC Launches the Beginning of Never Bernie

 Red State calling MSNBC a Leftist network and then say they are starting a Never Bernie movement…..does anyone see just how silly that statement sounds?

Yep leading the charge since Bernie started running is Chris Matthews……he never lets an interview go by without injecting negativity into the interview…..

Matthews, who said on February 7 that he feared a Sanders presidency would result in mainstream pundits being executed in Central Park, made the remarks about 37 minutes before the caucuses began at noon Pacific time.

“This is what happens when you and your network are in a complete panic-riddled meltdown,” said Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill. “You say the quiet part out loud on national TV.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/msnbcs-chris-matthews-suggests-four-more-years-of-trump-might-be-better-for-democratic-party/

This is not a surprise for I expected the media’s multi-millionaires to start bad mouthing Bernie for they need to protect their money from having to pay their taxes…

Can we agree, in the wake of primary contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and now Nevada, that everything we were told about Sen. Bernie Sanders was wrong? That the press, the pundits, the politicians were all wrong about him? And not just wrong, but completely, utterly, demonstrably, embarrassingly, catastrophically wrong?

You would have to go back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to find another example of where our political and media elites were so out of step with reality; so off in their predictions and prognostications; so keen to peddle myths and misinformation. (On a side note, whenever we mention Iraq, it’s always worth recalling how Sanders opposed that disastrous conflict, whereas his rivals Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden both supported it.)

Let’s consider the nonsense that has passed for “reporting,” “commentary,” and “analysis” on Sanders over the past year or so.

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/24/bernie-sanders-electability/

As Bernie gets more and more popular the attacks should keep pace with the coming storm.

Matthews has offered an apology to Bernie for his gross and misleading statements…..

Chris Matthews isn’t one to freely dole out apologies, leading the New York Times to call one extended to Bernie Sanders “a moment of humility.” The Hardball anchor had come under fire—with Sanders reportedly extremely bothered himself—over comments he made Saturday during MSNBC’s coverage of the Nevada caucus, reports Deadline. Painting establishment Democrats as just as impotent to stop Sanders to as the French were to the Nazis’ 1940 invasion of their country, Matthews imitated a disbelieving Churchill saying, “How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?” He then offered up a general’s response: “It’s over.”

How Sanders communications director Mike Casca responded on Twitter: “Never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a Jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the Nazis to the Third Reich.” On Monday night, Matthews started his program by apologizing “for comparing anything from that tragic era in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electoral result of which you were the well-deserved winner.” He promised to try to “do a better job myself of elevating the political discussion” during the remainder of the campaign. In a longer look at how the Sanders campaign is going after MSNBC in general, the Washington Post notes Matthews’ comparison itself was “flawed,” as it ultimately ended up being over for Germany, not France.

That was a typical non-apology apology to Bernie for his disdain of the candidate. 

And Matthews is not alone on MSNBC…..

….despite an avalanche of criticism, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough doubled down, this time suggesting that Bernie Sanders was a fan of Benito Mussolini.

Bernie should tell them all to go F*ck Themselves!

The media is spending all their energy setting up the attack plan against Bernie for whoever will take the bait (and most candidates and Right wing bloggers ate taking that bait)…..I am not a supporter of Bernie but I can see the attack plan by the corporate media.

This post started with the statement that Bernie is NO Radical…….let me explain…..

Centrist/moderate/Third Way Dems are afraid of Bernie, not because he would lose to Trump or inverse-coattail down-ballot candidates, but because they would lose their longstanding minority control of the party apparatus. After the convention in Milwaukee, for example, the nominee gets to choose the new DNC chairman. Sanders will not keep Tom Perez.

Electability, however, is the moderates’ supposed chief concern. And enough moderate Democratic voters are buying it to make it A Thing.

Don’t Worry, Centrists. Bernie Isn’t Radical.

I have been a radical for 50 years and Bernie is NO radical….and anyone that thinks he is has NO damn idea what the term means.  PERIOD!

Electability?  Now there is a con job…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/  then there is the silly concept of running to the Center……https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

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Who’s Afraid Of The “S” Word

Well the media for one. They must be for the MSM is always making sure that the word is used liberally in the political reporting……all centrist Dems will spread the lie with a broad knife.

Then there are those old white guys on the Right.

They will even get some of the cowardly Blue Dogs to write op-eds all about their plight at the hands of socialism…..in other words the media as well as the DNC are afraid of the coming political storm……

Plus any time a new “Proposed” plan is announced by anyone other than some cowardly centrist Dem they get pundits to step up and call it “socialism”…….another reason most Americans are stupid when it comes to political thought.

Congress, The House, for another is worried about the Left….they have just formed a damn silly “anti-Socialism Caucus”…a waste of time and resources……but here we go…..

Republican politicians have form an anti-socialism caucus in congress, a member of the House of Representatives has announced.

“Just received approval from the House for the formation of the Anti-Socialism Caucus,” Chris Stewart, a Republican politician representing Utah, said on Wednesday.

“This caucus will defend individual liberty & free markets and highlight the dark history of socialism.”

Progressive activists were quick to criticise the formation of the caucus, which some compared to the infamous Un-American Activities Committee, a House investigative body which was formed in 1938.

It became notorious for a series of hearings held in the 1950s, investigating left-wing politics and communism in the US.

Smells like history repeating itself……who will get the nickname “Tailgunner”?

Beyond that does anyone know what socialism is?  Of course not to these morons it is just a word to insight fear…nothing else.  These so-called Blue Dog Dems are nothing more than the weapon corporate America will use to preserve their obscene profits.

Most of these explanations are really non-explanatory. Whether written as a list or in a more discursive form, they are little more than descriptions of some social democratic order, usually in a Northern European country such as Sweden. Their “explanations,” in other words, are not explanatory, they do not go beyond portraying how, for example, health care, education, public transport and similar institutions work in these countries, mostly as state organizations. Political theorists who have contributed to discussions of socialism have avoided its philosophical grounds and instead given an account of its history and, depending on their own political views, its successes or failure.

Most of these non-explanatory articles draw on familiar tropes in the American political imaginary about socialism, describing it, for example, as a form of redistributionism through state institutions to undo inequalities. Or, they define socialism as public ownership of the means of wealth. However, the state, as the agency of equality, and collective ownership of the means of production are only instruments of socialism. They do not explain its underlying philosophy. To understand socialism, one has to go beyond descriptions of its agencies and engage its philosophical principles.

What is Socialism?

Or if you would prefer what I had to say about this……https://lobotero.com/2011/11/10/american-socialism-a-history-lesson/

Not to worry……the Dems will find some well meaning liar to make their case for them……with tales of sacrifice and want…..

The problem is when the polls are taken the policies that these douches hate are the policies the American people want……let me say that again….it is what the people want……(do you understand that concept?)

“Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: “So-shull-izz-ummm!”

And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP’s 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump—slap Democrats silly with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin reincarnate. It’s not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Mike Pence, cabinet officials, Republican lawmakers, right-wing pundits and, of course, the extremist choreographers of Fox News.

Their incessant babbling has already turned clownish, with many babblers bumbling over their own ignorance and making ridiculous attempts to overplay their weak hands. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, for example, compared Democrats who support ideas such as “Medicare for All” to Mussolini. Apparently, Cornyn is unaware that the brutish Italian dictator was no socialist, but a fascist! Mussolini’s ideology of ultranationalism, promotion of masculine authoritarianism, domination of society by big business and the wealthy and suppression of democratic rights is the opposite of the Democratic agenda. Indeed, it describes the policies of—guess who—Trump and his acolytes, including Cornyn!

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/13/its-not-socialism-its-what-people-want

I have watched MSNBC and shook my head at the “Red Scare” of the 1950s has returned…..please stop it!  Talk about issues not try to protect your paymasters……MSNBC MoJo….has said “it matters not if you are progressive or conservative it matters that you have a message”…what crap for as soon as their is a message Joe starts screaming “Socialism”…….

I find Donald Trump reprehensible as a human being, but a socialist candidate is more dangerous to this company, country, as far as the strength and well-being of the country, than Donald Trump.  I would vote for Donald Trump, a despicable human being…I will be so distraught to the point that that could even come out of my mouth, if we have a socialist [Democratic presidential candidate or president] because that will take our country so down, and we are not Denmark.  I love Denmark, but that’s not who we are. And if you love who we are and all the great things that still have to have binders put on the side. Please step away from the socialism.

– Donny Deutsch, advertising executive, “branding and marketing expert,” and regular MSNBC commentator

“Please Step Away from the Socialism”:  The Red Scare Dems at MSNBC

The MSM spend so much time on bullshit and not enough on policies is why we get morons like Donald Trump…..

It is sad that the people depend on lies and bullshit to pick their candidates….ask who these “pundits” really owe their livelihood to and you have who they serve and the voter is just a group to try and impress.

A closing thought……

Four in 10 Americans think socialism is a good thing for the United States, a shift in attitude that reflects the modern 21st century political landscape and changing social mores. 

Results from a Gallup poll released Monday show that 43 percent of U.S. adults polled from April 17-30 think socialism is a “good thing.” It’s likely not a coincidence that rise in popularity across all Americans came as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), both of whom identify as democratic socialists, became two of the most prominent  politicians in the U.S. 

The 43 percent number is a jump in approval of socialism by 18 percent since a poll by Roper 1942, the historical date used by Gallupfor reference to show the country’s evolving views. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/22/four-10-americans-believe-socialism-good-thing-gallup

Something written a decade ago and not much has changed…….https://lobotero.com/2009/04/10/many-americans-prefer-socialism/

And yet this is not a story for the MSM…..another indication who pays their salaries…and it is not to report the news.

The media could not slow Bernie down with lies and constant socialism insults……so now they have changed their direction……now they say that Trump will wind handily…..(that may be true….but they are trying to decided the voter who to vote for…..a centrist)

Another historical note….the society we know today was shaped by the “S” word.

From single-payer health care to climate change, the 2020 Democrats have ambitious plans. But these new, grand, and green deals aren’t as radical as some make them sound. In fact, big public projects are what made America great.

When President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower took office in 1953, America had been buffeted by the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s. The Cold War put us in competition with Soviet “5-Year Plans” and Chinese “Great Leaps Forward.”

Eisenhower was concerned that soldiers would return home to closing factories. So Ike pushed for massive infrastructure spending, creating the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways.”

Congress funded a half-century of highway construction, building 47,000 miles—the biggest public works project in the history of the world. It cost $500 billion in today’s dollars, with 90 percent coming from Washington and 10 percent from the states.

The interstate highways transformed America.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/11/socialism-made-america-great

I know that no one these days wants to hear the facts…..but socialism helped make this country the great place it is today.

But if you still have your head in the sand….then read about Eduard Bernstein….https://www.hetwebsite.net/het/profiles/bernstein.htm

Will I need to cover this again….or will you take the time to learn what the Hell you are going on about?

That was rhetoric question….I know that I will have to correct ignorant rantings yet a again in the future.

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Tulsi, My Candidate

As the new year approaches and with it the start of the races that will determine the Dem nominee…..and as it approaches the candidates are dropping like flies……but through all that my candidate is still in there punching and scrapping for all the support she can get.

My support is for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for she is the only truly antiwar candidate and we need to hear that point of view in this age of endless war.

She makes her points on war whenever she can get the coverage…..think about it…..$6.4 trillion spent on war…..while the rest of the Dem field cares less about the waste of money and especially the waste of human life……

The Democratic establishment is increasingly irritated. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, long-shot candidate for president, is attacking her own party for promoting the “deeply destructive” policy of “regime change wars.” Gabbard has even called Hillary Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.”

Senator Chris Murphy complained: “It’s a little hard to figure out what itch she’s trying to scratch in the Democratic Party right now.” Some conservatives seem equally confused. The Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry asked: “where is Tulsi distinguishing herself when it really matters?”

The answer is that foreign policy “really matters.” Gabbard recognizes that George W. Bush is not the only simpleton warmonger who’s plunged the nation into conflict, causing enormous harm. In the last Democratic presidential debate, she explained that the issue was “personal to me” since she’d “served in a medical unit where every single day, I saw the terribly high, human costs of war.” Compare her perspective to that of the ivory tower warriors of Right and Left, ever ready to send others off to fight not so grand crusades.

Tulsi Gabbard: Wake Up and Smell Our $6.4 Trillion Wars

MSM spends more time trying to tear down Tulsi’s candidacy then actually caring what her message is….

Progressive journalist Michael Tracey claimed Tuesday that MSNBC is has dropped all pretenses for their “contempt” towards Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

The political news contributor said the left-leaning network has treated her fellow 2020 Democratic candidates, including businessman Andrew Yang and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unfairly, but he argued that with Gabbard it, “crosses a certain threshold.”

“Fundamentally they’re beholden to whatever the market incentives are and right now it’s within their market interests to depict Tulsi as an infiltrator, as a Trojan horse in the Democratic Party and not deal on the substance with what she’s saying which is why over and over again they tar her as a Russian plant essentially,” Tracey told Hill.TV.

“There’s nobody who can really offer any kind countervailing view because it’s just not economically advantageous for them at this point,” he added.

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/472056-progressive-journalist-msnbc-doesnt-try-to-hide-contempt-towards-gabbard

So far all the attempts to lessen her appeal have failed……even the “major” candidate that attacked her, Kamala Harris, is out of the race…Tulsi is still standing.

However she has decided to not participate in the December Debate…..

The next Democratic debate is Dec. 19—but Rep. Tulsi Gabbard isn’t keeping that night free in her calendar. The candidate, who needs to get above 4% in one more state or national poll to qualify, says she won’t be taking part even if she makes the cut, the Hill reports. “For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’—regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls,” the Hawaiian lawmaker tweeted Monday. “I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.” Gabbard’s highest level of support is in New Hampshire, where two recent polls put her at 6%, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

I understand why she is doing this….but I think it is not a well informed decision…but then I am not the candidate….or on her campaign team.

She may not become the nominee but I am proud of her for standing her ground and not waffling like Biden or Mayor Pete….

A good sign for Tulsi is that she is the darling of social media…..in spite of the MSM and Corporatist candidates  attempt to assassinate her character and campaign…..

Over the last three months, stories about Gabbard have averaged 858 interactions on social media (likes, comments, shares) — more than any other candidate.

https://www.axios.com/tulsi-gabbard-2020-democrats-controversial-1116925e-daaf-4df3-ac5d-dd5fd7704425.html

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Let’s Go To The Polls

Closing Thought–28Nov19

Polls that magical trick that pundits use to help the MSM drive the news cycle. Some polls are the heart beat of the nation and then others are fake news and some sort of “witch hunt”…..just depends what you WANT to believe….not what is accurate or truthful.

Now that I stepped off that soap box I recently saw a poll that as an antiwar and anti-interventionist I like the numbers…..

A new poll conducted by the Eurasia Group Foundation shows Americans are losing their belief in American exceptionalism, and tend to favor a more non-interventionist foreign policy. The participants were asked a range of foreign policy questions.

Over 1,200 people across the country were surveyed for the Eurasia Group poll. Here are some of its findings:

Most of the participants believe that America is an exceptional nation. 42.4 percent believe America is exceptional for what it represents, and 18.2 percent believe the nation is exceptional for what it has done in the world. 39.5 percent of the participants believe America is not exceptional, just another country acting on behalf of its own interests. That number is up 6.1 percent from the previous year.

Looking at the different age groups shows younger people do not think America is anything special. In the 18-29-year age bracket, just 45.1 percent find America to be exceptional. Those who are 60 and over find America to be the most exceptional, at 75.2 percent.

This poll from the Eurasia Group Foundation reflects a poll released by the Pew Research Center back in July. The Pew poll found most veterans they surveyed do not believe the wars they fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria were worth fighting. A shocking 64 percent found the war in Iraq was not worth it, 58 percent for the war in Afghanistan, and 55 percent for Syria.

The Costs of War project at Brown University released a study this November that found the so-called War on Terror has killed over 800,000 people, and cost the US $6.4 trillion. The death toll only takes into account those killed in direct violence, not including those killed by disease, malnutrition, or other indirect causes. It’s no mystery as to why Americans, even those who fought the wars, are starting to favor a more noninterventionist approach.

New Poll Shows Americans Favor Non-Intervention

How nice!

I do not believe any of it for a  moment.

The American people allow this sort of BS to continue….war that is….intervention that is…..regime change that is…..if they are so against this crap they need to grow a spine and speak up.

Cash trumps sentiment….

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Closing Thought–07Nov19

I listen to the crap being spread by rich pundits telling us why we cannot ask millionaires to foot some of the bills for this nation…..and there are too many that keep trying to sell the old fear of “socialism”….one of the biggest is millionaire Donny Deutsch….he recently let it all hang out on Bill Maher’s show and a gentleman from Denmark has taken exception to his bullshit….and wrote an open letter to Mr. Deutsch…..

To: Donny Deutsch

Fr: Djaffar Shalchi, Danish millionaire and founder, Human Act

Re: “F***ing Denmark”

Dear Mr. Deutsch,

I noticed with interest your comments regarding healthcare and wealth on Bill Maher’s show last week. It’s not often that my home country of “f***ing Denmark” gets compared to the United States, let alone so colorfully.

You said: “My grandfather was a cop, ok. My mother was a school teacher and they worked really hard to put me in a position where I can buy the kind of insurance I want . . . If I can’t buy it for my children, we are going backwards. We’re f***ing Denmark.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/01/dear-mr-donny-deutsch-please-come-fing-denmark

Sadly too many average Americans will fall for the “socialism” attack and then will accept the rich getting off the hook and to continue to rape the system while the rest of us suffer.

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How Could This Be?

That is the question so many people and pundits alike are asking about the state of our democracy…..so many reasons and so little time to correct the discrepancies…..

I guess we can blame the Dems or the GOP or the nation as a whole or fear or a wealth of other reasons but to me there is only one reason…..

Ever heard of the Telecommunications Act of 1996?

Of course you have not…..for it is too mundane for your attention as long as Swamp People is renewed to care.

President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The act, signed into law on February 8, 1996, was “essentially bought and paid for by corporate media lobbies,” as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) described it, and radically “opened the floodgates on mergers.”

The negative impact of the law cannot be overstated. The law, which was the first major reform of telecommunications policy since 1934, according to media scholar Robert McChesney, “is widely considered to be one of the three or four most important federal laws of this generation.” The act dramatically reduced important Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on cross ownership, and allowed giant corporations to buy up thousands of media outlets across the country, increasing their monopoly on the flow of information in the United States and around the world.

“Never have so many been held incommunicado by so few,” said Eduardo Galeano, the Latin American journalist, in response to the act.

Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act

To me all this division has been fed by the corporate media to drive the news cycle to what they want the reports to be.

But do not take my word for it….this is the summary offered by the Clinton White House of what the act contains….

…this legislation will lead all Americans into a more prosperous future by preparing our economy for the 21st Century and opening wide the door to the Information Age.

Universal Service

The President and Vice President want to ensure that all Americans have access to the benefits of the information superhighway. The Act ensures that schools, libraries, hospitals and clinics have access to advanced telecommunications services, and calls for them to be connected to the information superhighway by the year 2000. It will help connect every school child in every classroom in America to the information superhighway — opening up worlds of knowledge and opportunities in rural and low-income areas.

The V-Chip

Because President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe strongly that families should be able to exercise control over how the media influences their children, the Act includes a provision calling for a computer chip, called the V-Chip, to be installed in every new television set. This provision is critical to give parents control of the television programming that comes into their homes by allowing them to block electronically violent or other objectional material.

Media Ownership

Because President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe that diversity of voices and viewpoints is critical to our democracy, the Act will prevent undue concentration of television and radio ownership. The Act limits the number of stations one entity can own to stations that reach up to 35 percent of all national TV viewers, and keeps existing rules that forbid one

company from owning two TV stations in a local market, or a newspaper and TV station in the same market, or a newspaper and cable in the same market. The Act also maintains the ownership ban of a cable company and a broadcast company in the same market.

Phone Service

The President and Vice President believe that when the walls of regulations are brought down, prices come down for American consumers. This Act breaks down the Berlin Walls of regulation that previously kept local Bell Telephone companies and long-distance telephone companies from competing with one another, while keeping safeguards in place to ensure competition and serve the public interest.

Fancy words….that shows the ends that the MSM will go to own the news and the news cycle…..as well as making certain candidates proper for the American voter…

Is it any wonder that the nation’s “liberal” cable news stations CNN and MSNBC can barely contain their disdain for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and even (to a lesser degree) for that of Elizabeth Warren while they promote the nauseating center-right candidacies of the bewildered racist and corporatist Joe Biden, the sinister neoliberal corporate-militarist Pete Butiggieg and even the marginal Wall Street “moderates” Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris? Next time you click on these stations, keep a pen and paper handy to write down the names of the corporations that pay for their broadcast content with big money commercial purchases.

Money Talks, Bullshit Walks on Cable News

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The Syria Saga (So Far)

So many are calling the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria as a betrayal….especially the corporate media….

Confusion reigns in certain left-leaning and anarchist circles. Pat Robertson tells Trump he will lose his mandate of heaven if he really does pull the US troops occupying northern Syria from their positions. Democrats, Republicans, neocons and neoliberals join the Pentagon and the mainstream US media to decry this possible troop redeployment. Turkey assembles its military forces and moves into northern Syria. Some of its politicians tell their supporters that they will bury the Kurds in ditches along the roadside. US anarchist Noam Chomsky supports the US troops remaining in the area. What the hell is going on?

Betrayal in the Levant

Personally, it is time for the media to stop all the cheer leading and propaganda, corporate propaganda……time for the truth about our wars of endless duration…..

Syria has been turned into the most wretched of neighborhoods on the planet by Washington’s neocons and liberal interventionists. From its pre-2011 population of 23 million, more than 6.7 million have fled to countries such as Lebanon (1 million), Jordan (700,000), Turkey (3.6 million), Europe and elsewhere.

At the same time, more than 6.5 million Syrians are internal refugees, driven from their homes and towns by a so-called “civil” war that wouldn’t have lasted more than a few months save for the billions of arms, training and walking around money that Washington and its Persian Gulf allies have supplied to the violent opposition.

Owing to these billions of aid to armed insurrection, however, the Syrian economy has been turned to shambles and its ancient cities and towns have been reduced to steaming piles of rubble. Disease, malnutrition, lack of safe drinking water and medical supplies and treatments stalk the land.

Wake-Up Call On The Syrian Border: Time To End Washington’s Feckless Regime Change Policy and NATO, Too

The dialog now by some is that Trump is keeping his campaign promise of ending all our endless wars……sorry but I do not believe these “good feelings”…….while this was being discussed the Congress made it official that the Congress is pro-war, pro endless wars……

October 7th, the U.S. withdrew 50 to 100 troops from positions near Syria’s border with Turkey, and two days later Turkey invaded Rojava, the de facto autonomous Kurdish region of northeast Syria. Trump is now taking credit for a temporary, tenuous ceasefire. In a blizzard of tweets and statements, Donald Trump has portrayed his chaotic tactical relocation of U.S. troops in Syria as a down-payment on his endless promises to withdraw U.S. forces from endless wars in the greater Middle East.

On October 16, the U.S. Congress snatched the low-hanging political fruit of Trump’s muddled policy with a rare bipartisan vote of 354-60 to condemn the U.S. redeployment as a betrayal of the Kurds, a weakening of America’s credibility, a lifeline to ISIS, and a political gift to Russia, China and Iran.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/18/trumps-fake-withdrawal-endless-war

So Trump is the anti-war president?

Personally I think that it is a bunch of crap to even pretend that he is such……

It is a great propaganda victory for Donald Trump that he has managed to sell himself as “anti-war.” Broadly speaking, Trump has no anti-war bona fides to draw upon. He’s torn up the Iran agreement, while threatening war in its place. He’s threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Trump has presided over consistent increases in spending for the American warfare state. And he’s engaged in more drone strikes than Obama up to this point in both presidencies. Trump has put forward no timetable for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He’s continued for more than two years the U.S. military presence in Syria, in the name of defeating ISIS. And he’s now greenlighted ethnic cleansing against the Kurds in Northern Syria by removing U.S. troops from the region and enabling Turkey’s invasion.

Trump as the “Anti-War” President: on Misinformation in American Political Discourse

If Trump is the anti-war president and is in the process of ending our endless wars then why did he not bring the troops home instead of just moving them around?

Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes.

But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them.

Just this month, he went against the advice of pretty much everyone to pull 1,000 U.S. troops out of northern Syria where they were protecting a largely autonomous Kurdish region. The result has been an immediate flare-up in the Syrian conflict as Turkey sent troops over the border to take advantage of the U.S. withdrawal. 

Then Trump turned around and sent an additional 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia to help them defend against Iran or the Houthis or perhaps just internal critics of the regime. 

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/17/trumps-endless-wars

As I have said many times….I applaud his efforts but he has not gone fart enough….and his “ceasefire” was nothing but a gimme to the Turks to do what they see fit to Northern Syria and the Kurds.  None of which is making anyone in the region safer.

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