Just What Trump and his Evangelical Followers Seem to Want
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Posted January 4th, 2020
“We took action to stop war, not to start one.” – U.S. President Donald Trump
I’m already betting that this statement from Trump, made after he and what are left of the nutbars and sycophants in his administration took out Iran’s top general at an airport in Baghdad, Iraq this January 2nd, will go down in history alongside such infamous lines as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” only a few years in to a War in Iraq that is arguably dragging on to this day.
Then there is this one, stated by so many that no one seems to remember who said it first.
Laying dead in the muddy trenches of World War One. They were all “going to be home for Christmas.”
It was that oft-repeated line that reportedly comforted so many at the head of what turned out to be one of the most devastating wars in history, World War One – “The war will be over by Christmas.”
When I first heard a clip of Trump uttering the words; “We took action to stop war, not to start one,” I was immediately reminded of a scene in the 1964, satirical, anti-war film ‘Dr. Strangelove’ when Peter Sellers, playing the U.S. president, came across one of his generals involved in a fist-a-cuffs with a Russian ambassador in a military command centre – “Gentlemen, you can’t fight here. This is the war room.”
For sober-minded sanity, I turn to some words spoken this January 3rd by U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who, in the early 2000s, was one of the few members of the U.S. Senate and Congress to oppose his country’s invasion of Iraq.
“That war (the one that the Bush-Cheney administration authored in Iraq) was the worst foreign-policy blunder in the modern history of the United States,” said Sanders. “I’m going to do everything I can to prevent a war with Iran, because if you think the war in Iraq was a disaster, my guess is that war in Iran would be even worse… So let’s work together and prevent that war, and if people want to criticize me for that, go for it, that’s OK, I don’t apologize to anybody.”
U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
And let’s pray that Canada is not foolish enough to get involved in any war ventures with a U.S. president who has clearly shown a lack of regard for past allies like Canada and other democratic countries as he cuddles up to totalitarian thugs in haunts like North Korea, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
The November, 2020 U.S. election cannot come soon enough.
For more on “Mission Accomplished” and by now former U.S. president George W. Bush’s later “regrets” after thousands of young Americans were already dead and wounded and countless tens-of-thousands, if not hundreds-0f-thousands Iraqi civilians had died, click on the screen below –
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