Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy warned yesterday in The Huffington Post that Trump is building up troops for a ground war in Syria. See “Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It“. Here’s Chris:
“Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually no one in Washington has noticed. Americans have a right to know what Trump is planning and whether this will lead to an Iraq-style occupation of Syria for years to come Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, ostensibly to take part in the upcoming assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. News reports suggest this deployment may just be the tip of the iceberg, with some saying that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added to the fight in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret.”
And yesterday, The Washington Post ran this article by Missy Ryan and Loveday Morris, “U.S. military acknowledges strike on Mosul site where more than 100 were allegedly killed‘” This is The Post lead: “The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul, where residents say more than 100 people were killed in a single event. If confirmed, the March 17 incident would mark the greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in 2014.”
We don’t need to be rocket scientists to read between the lines. Trump wants to escalate the conflict in Syria and he is not going to wait to develop consensus, or consult allies, or, for that matter, consider consequences. His Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon wants a war. Trump needs a war to distract from his collusion with Russia and his legislative healthcare disaster. As Chris Murphy warns, we are being brought deeper into war, willy-nilly, and with not a whisper to the press – “the enemy of the people”.
In that context, take a look at Abby Martin’s excellent new podcast on Steve Bannon. I’ve suggested in previous blogs that Bannon is an existential threat, not just to us but to all humanity. See Who are Bannon and Trump, McCarthy, Evola, and The Camp of the Saints, and Darth Bannon. Bannon is fascinated by war. He has publicly proclaimed that we are at war with Islam and will be at war with China in five years. He is a primary architect of Trump’s Muslim ban. He wishes to deconstruct our government – that is to say remove the social safety nets, the regulatory system that protects stability in the the economy, and the environmental protections that are necessary to protect the planet. He is also the vehicle of right-wingnut billionaire Robert Mercer, who is brilliantly exposed by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, in The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind The Trump Presidency. What Abby Martin does that you haven’t seen is given depth to who Bannon really is.
With Trump and Bannon at the helm, with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell leading Congress, our country is in serious peril. In the near term, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and thousands more of our own young men may die in Syria and Iraq for no clear or considered policy. Worse still, Bannon puppet-master Robert Mercer is a “nuclear power” enthusiast who proclaimed that those outside the blast-zone at Hiroshima and Nagasaki received “health benefits”. Not kidding. See Jane Mayer’s article cited above. Defeating the foolish right-wing effort to repeal Obamacare is not nearly enough. We need to force an investigation and impeachment of Trump now.