President Donald Trump has kept another campaign promise.
Against all odds, against his detractors who have called this promise fake, against his cabinet, his top security advisors, most Pentagon brass — and every friend he has in the US Senate; Donald Trump has astonished and amazed me yet once again — by doing what he told everyone he planned to do — when running for office.
This is just not how things are done here in Washington D.C.
Trump never got the memo; “Lie to the public, promise the moon, deliver nothing and double down on the promises next election. Repeat until dead, but try and get your children into this widely corrupt political gig before dying, it’s the best.”
This has always been the way it was done around here. Even the great Ronald Reagan didn’t deliver his tax cut until 1986, the 2nd year of his 2nd term.
But Trump is different.
He had the chance to smash North Korea when they launched those two rockets over Japan, but he opted for diplomacy. He could have smashed Iran’s SAM sites but didn’t after they shot down one of our drones and began hijacking oil tankers. He’s been asked to get involved in Venezuela repeatedly by the defense and intelligence apparatus layered around the Beltway like a ring of death chanters and has declined.
But for all that — Trump had not, until now, actually left any of the Bush/Obama wars, in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and a series of covert/low profile operations sprinkled throughout Africa. Bush made “Drone” warfare standard procedure. Obama expanded it to war criminal heights. Will Trump actually curtail this mindless sowing of a thousand future threats to our security multiplied by a thousand? The jury is out.
Obama started and expanded more US wars, by number, than any US president in history, and got the Nobel Peace Prize for it. And they call Trump crazy. Liberalism is a disease.
Now Trump has made the decision to leave Syria and abandon the mini air cap we have maintained over the Kurds. The Kurds have been one of our best allies in the middle east, they have fought faithfully, obeyed international and military rules, laws and standards, and have been honest and reliable at the negotiating table. So, of course, like the groups that have fought with the U.S. in Vietnam, Korea, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, and everywhere we go it seems, the Kurds are going to get screwed.
If this sounds like heavy criticism of Trump, you have it wrong.
He did not have a choice.
The wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Iran (if it ever comes openly to that), are not sustainable, affordable, winnable and or desirable war efforts. We’ve wasted trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives and have accomplished what? We wiped out the training bases responsible for the 9-11 attacks in the early stages of this now nearly 20 year war campaign and have been blindly continuing to advance since then, for 2 decades now — into territory we will never form any meaningful alliances in — until the Muslim faith itself, undergoes reformation.
I have no doubt this reformation will happen, but it will take a long time, just like it did for Christian faiths to let go of civil power. This is a difficult thing for a religion to do and Muslim faith’s have only begun this evolution. These countries all share Sharia Law legal and political systems — with barely any tolerance for our western thinking and no assimilation potential, continuing our war efforts there — is a form of criminal negligence. We lose thousands of people and trillions of dollars, and these countries lose millions of people collectively and look like Berlin in 1945.
Without pointing fingers either way, it is safe to say — We have been at a stalemate with the Islamic world since the middle-ages for this reason — and Trump is not going to fix this — but he has recognized what a bunch of wars and proxy wars have cost the US taxpayer — and it appears he means to do something about it, finally.