War, huh, good god / What is it good for / Absolutely nothing, listen to me – Edwin Starr Lyrics by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, in a recent interview with Paul Jay of The Real News Network , discusses the state of intelligence concerning the chemicals used in the Syrian incident and the manipulation of the incident by Trump for domestic policy purposes. See this link: “Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics“. Wilkerson bluntly points out that the actual source of the chemicals and nature of the chemical attack are in doubt – some sources suggest that a rebel stockpile of chemical weapons was hit by conventional Syrian bombs. Understanding what happened would require a proper forensic examination of the site. But whatever actually happened, in Wilkerson’s view, the Trump administration was only concerned that the incident provided Trump with an excuse to stage the American raid. As Wilkerson notes, the number of deaths were not at all out of the ordinary in this war – more civilians have died recently to American bombs in Mosul. But the chemical nature of the injuries and the horrific nature of the photos made the incident a ready-made Tonkin Gulf and an opportunity to show muscle and distract from growing media scrutiny of Trump’s ties with Russia.
Wilkerson’s analysis is astute, sober, and spot on. It is a must see both because he calls out the Trump administration for its self-evident manipulation of events and because he describes in detail the way in which Trump and his advisers behind the scene are militarizing foreign policy. As he describes it, the current “force first” policies may result in us all “going out with a bang”. My summary can’t do Wilkerson justice, so please follow the link.
As I write, the Trump administration is positioning our military for aggressive actions around the globe, not just in the Middle East, in Syria, and Iraq, but in Asia, off the coast of Korea, and in venues like Libya and the Sudan in Northern Africa. Mainstream media sees out military posturing in a favorable light, sometimes even fawning over the imperial expression of American might. Not enough of us point out that American aggression may be a losing game, that millions of lives are at stake, and that the sort of mistakes made in escalating conflicts don’t allow for do-overs. If you are not actively speaking out against this madness, there’s no time like the present.