See this article: https://www.juancole.com/2019/10/province-kurdish-displacement.html Sign petition to tell Congress: Deploying troops in Syria to “protect oil” is unconstitutional. On October 24, 2019, Just Foreign Policy (www.justforeignpolicy.org) sent this information. See the end for a link to click so you can sign the petition to Congress. President Trump now claims that his “justification” for keeping U.S. troops at the al-Tanf base in southern Syria – where they will be protecting zero Kurdish civilians, who live in northern Syria – is to “protect oil.” This is unconstitutional, because Congress never authorized it. Under Article I of the Constitution and […]
Many, many different factions are fighting each other in Syria. The U.S. is funding several of the factions that are fighting each other. The U.S. should not participate in the complex civil war. But Trump made a serious mistake by moving U.S. military troops from one area where they were fighting with the Kurds against a common enemy, so they could fight in a different part of Syria in order to protect somebody’s oil. Trump keeps screwing the U.S.’s allies and helping brutal autocrats. Trump’s Syria decisions helped Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan. For many decades the U.S. has stationed […]
Trump keeps screwing up. Trump keeps deceiving people. Everything he does is only for his own benefit. He fooled some people into thinking he was withdrawing troops from Syria as a matter of a principled peace policy. Actually, he was screwing our allies in his “America First” isolationism — except that he is really abusing our foreign and military policies in order to help his pals Erdogan (the brutal authoritarian who runs Turkey) and Putin (’nuff said!) and in order to pursue a war for oil in Northern Syria. See this: https://www.juancole.com/2019/10/province-kurdish-displacement.html No, Trump Isn’t Bringing US Troops Home […]
The U.S. has OVERTHROWN many governments — including many democracies. Sometimes the U.S. claims we are protecting “human rights” or restoring “democracy.” But the truth is almost always the opposite. See examples at the “Peace” and “International Affairs” parts of this blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org An April 22, 2019, article on www.commondreams.org exposed the U.S.’s horrible track record in the context of the Trump regime’s attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s elected president. READ THE ARTICLE AT THIS LINK. In the article see this photo of a poster attached to Venezuela’s embassy in Washington DC:
News coverage about General Mattis’s resignation as Secretary of Defense is surreal. They keep saying that Mattis was a stabilizing “adult” in Trump’s regime. But Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK known as “Mad Dog.” He resigned because Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria and to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Those are small steps in the right direction. Trump is no dove, but these modest steps reduce the reckless hawkishness in U.S. foreign policy. When Mattis resigns over those modest steps – and when mainstream media and bi-partisan members of Congress support Mattis’s extreme hawkishness instead of Trump’s […]
When a nation is threatened with being attacked by another nation, the population rallies behind its current leader, even if that leader is bad. Syria, Iran and North Korea have bad leaders. But it is better to support a bad leader than to be conquered by the Trump and the U.S. Therefore, Trump is actually strengthening the bad governments of Syria, Iran and North Korea.
The U.S. has a long, horrible, cruel habit of violently overthrowing governments and abusively meddling in elections to manipulate their outcomes even if the U.S. militarily does not overthrow those governments violently. I am appalled by the hypocrisy of Americans — a majority of ordinary people, along with politicians and the mainstream news media — who express moral outrage that Russia has meddled in the U.S.’s 2016 election. The U.S. has done this to other countries VERY OFTEN for many decades. This article summarizes the U.S.’s violent overthrows of other nations. American politicians and news media and ordinary people do not […]
On Friday April 13, 2018, Trump attacked Syria. National Public Radio provided special radio coverage for a long period of time. I listened to it and found it ENTIRELY ONE-SIDED with NO meaningful challenge to its wisdom and NO interviews with any peace supporters or anyone who would provide context. NPR played Trump’s announcement and interviewed military generals and other Pentagon big-wigs and other hawks. Other sides do exist. See the info I quickly compiled here, based on appeals from the past few days seeking PEACE and urging Congress to take responsibility (as the U.S. Constitution requires) rather than letting […]