Syria Insanity Must Continue, Sez Washington Establishment & Media

The Washington Post front page today is in full panic mode over Trump’s decision on Syria. Reading the Post, one would think that US intervention had achieved something aside from getting vast numbers of Syrians pointlessly killed.Washington’s laptop bombardiers are hysterically opposed to Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria. But the “Combat Veterans for Continued Carnage” lobby is almost nonexistent.  I slammed Trump’s Syria policy last year in USA Today as his “worst foreign policy folly” but his decision to exit Syria is one of his best decisions yet.

Here’s a link to a USA Today oped I did five years ago on why Americans couldn’t trust Obama on Syria. In a 2014 blog on “Obama’s Great Syrian Bombing Scam,” I groused: “Obama loves to preen as if he is spreading peace, freedom, and democracy with his bombs. But there is no reason to presume that bombing Syria is not as idiotic as it appears. Thus far, the Establishment media is largely playing a lapdog role.” The media’s response to Trump’s withdrawal announcement vivifies how the pro-war bias continues.

When Trump denounced “trigger-happy Hillary” on the campaign trail in 2016, crowds roared.  Hopefully exiting Syria is the start of a seachange in U.S. intervention abroad.

Cartoonist Tom Toles beautifully captured the idiocy of U.S. policy in this 2014 cartoon. Two years later, CIA-backed Syrian rebels were fighting Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels. What could possible go wrong?

And here’s a photo I took at the Syrian antiwar protest outside the White House in 2013 –

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3 Responses to Syria Insanity Must Continue, Sez Washington Establishment & Media

  1. Stephen Padgett December 20, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    It’s unbelievable how the establishment is emotionally invested in the continuation of the mid east wars.. and they can’t even come up with a sensible reason. I watched Maddow to see how she would handle it.. although by her own admission, Trump ordered everyone home.. she went on to assert that the troops left behind would be in serious danger .. and their families would be stressed.. all this with great indignation.. makes absolutely no sense.

    Tom Toles cartoon is spot on.. this is criminal insanity, we are talking about killing innocent people in large numbers because it seems like the right thing to do.

    • Brad Smith December 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      And to think she once wrote a fairly decent anti-war book called; “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power”. It seems she has come unmoored and is drifting and drifting and drifting away from her anti-war position.

      She’s getting rich though, I’ll give her that much. She has managed to leverage herself as the number one member of the resistance and I bet her next contract is a doozy.

      • Jim December 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        She has profited mightily from her flip-flop. But almost nobody DC cares about her inconsistency.

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