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Forever War, Evermore: The Congressional Left Saves NATO, Trump Goes Empire First – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on February 1, 2019

Abrams is among the most rabid neocon interventionists to ever ply his trade in Washington and was one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. In a national capital that was not obsessed with the business of Empire, Abrams would not be given the time of day.

So there you have it. The progressive Left is now defining the nitwit warmongering neocon, Nikki Haley, as a hero!

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The past week has brought still more evidence that America is fiscally doomed owing to the twin burdens of the Welfare State and Warfare State. The latter, of course, is demographically and politically immovable owing to the coming tsunami of Baby Boom retirements and the absolute cowardice of the GOP when it comes to curtailing the social security and medical entitlements and performing its job as the tribune of fiscal rectitude in American democracy.

But the Warfare State’s grip on the nation’s finances is no less forbidding, as we learned from two new outbreaks of Empire First in Washington. That is, the Donald’s embrace of gung-ho interventionism in Venezuela and the 100% vote of the newly elected liberal firebrands in the U.S. House for preservation of NATO…

So consider further the iron grip of the Warfare State on America’s fiscal accounts. This past week again demonstrated that interventionist group think runs so deep in Imperial Washington that apparently no one can escape its baleful grip – not even the wanna be America Firster, Donald Trump.

After all, it is absolutely impossible to square his recent plunge into the internal affairs of Venezuela with the sentiments he delivered at the UN just four months ago:

“I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship.We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.

Even if you put some weight in the last bolded sentence, exactly when did the socialist lunatic, Nicholas Maduro, who for better or worse was elected president of Venezuela, threaten to send gunboats into Miami harbor?…

As the great Ron Paul properly observed,

It’s ironic that a president who has spent the first two years in office fighting charges that a foreign country meddled in the US elections would turn around and not only meddle in foreign elections but actually demand the right to name a foreign country’s president! How would we react if the Chinese and Russians decided that President Trump was not upholding the US Constitution and recognized Speaker Nancy Pelosi as US president instead?

What is especially irksome is that the Donald is not only being led around by the nose by his lightweight neocon vice-president, but he has actually brought in the war criminal elements from the neocon bench to execute this blatant negation of America First.

We are referring to his appointment of convicted criminal Elliot Abrams as his point person to “restore democracy” in Venezuela. That is truly some kind of sick joke.

Abrams is among the most rabid neocon interventionists to ever ply his trade in Washington and was one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. In a national capital that was not obsessed with the business of Empire, Abrams would not be given the time of day.

But Empire First still reigns – the Donald’s best intentions notwithstanding – because as Tom Luongo recently so astutely explained the Donald has his own version of it, which can be described as US Energy Dominance:

Trump has been very clear about this policy for years. We take over these places, kill the bad people and pay for it all by stealing their natural resources, in this case oil.

It is Trump’s 17th century view on trade writ large. Since this is a 17th century colonial mindset.

An independent Venezuela, even if it is run by an incompetent bus driver, is something that cannot be allowed to stand. Anyone that refuses to trade that oil on US controlled exchanges, exchanges controlled by Goldman-Sachs, or in US dollars is to be taken over and a puppet government installed, c.f. Iraq, Libya.

But only after your production is removed from the market. So that we can sell ours.

This is geopolitics 101 folks. Nothing new under the sun. Does everyone not remember Trump’s cutting Venezuela from the global monetary system through sanctions last year?

The worst of the country’s hyper-inflation occurred after this. Sadly, it was cheered on by libertarians and conservatives more interested in proving Socialism is bad than seeing the bigger picture of how it was fomented by immoral US policy under Trump’s guidance.

Maduro’s attempts to rebuild Venezuela’s monetary system outside of the control of the US’s dominance of financial markets are a blueprint for resisting Energy Dominance.

Whether Maduro’s Petro cryptocurrency and Sovereign Bolivar succeed are irrelevant. What’s important is that he has gained the backing of both China and Russia in support of the scheme.

They are all, along with Iran, committed to an alternate path to Trump’s Energy Dominance. They have to be, because the US will not stop locking down the world financial system around oil until stopped practically.

And Trump has to continue on the path he’s on, if he believes in America’s Inherent Greatness (which he does), and quash them with everything in his power.

So, now he is taking on the weakest link, Venezuela. A country softened up by Chavez’s idiocy and Maduro’s incompetence. But it took the US leaning on them through ruinous sanctions to destroy what was left and ensure the collapse of its oil industry so ours can thrive.

Then we blame the Venezuelan people for resisting our edicts and electing the wrong man.

This is the John Bolton blueprint for regime change. Demonize the leader of a country that opposes our imperial rule, cut them off from the rest of the world through sanctions and political/military pressure and wait for the society to collapse. Then back a regime change by a US groomed puppet, in this case the nobody who is Juan Guaidó.

Sell it all the entire time as a failure of the other guy in charge. For Chavez and Maduro the spectre of Socialism is all it takes, especially now with the Democrats and the media championing our own female Che, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as the bogeyfem.

And that gets us to the second event of the past week that underscores why Empire First is so deeply lodged in national policy. To wit, the US House took a vote last week on banning the nation’s commander-in-chief from even taking steps to withdraw from NATO, and not a single Democrat – including America’s new female Che from the Bronx and Queens – voted against it.

Once upon a time, of course, the so-called progressive Left at least distinguished itself by principled and often politically courageous opposition to Washington’s projects of Empire like the Vietnam War and decades of military, political and covert intervention in Latin America.

No more. No only did not a single Democrat vote “nay” in what was a lopsided 357-22 vote in favor of the measure, but one of their freshman firebrands made clear exactly why.

To wit, it had nothing to do with the ragged case for an obsolete institution which should have been disbanded when the old Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history 28 years ago; it was actually just a cathartic excrescence of the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Thus, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., called Congress

“the only check we have” after the departure of former generals Jim Mattis as defense secretary, H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and John Kelly as chief of staff – and Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador.

“They’re all gone now, we’re all that’s left, and its urgent and essential, therefore, that Congress play its constitutional role and take this action,” said Malinowski, a former U.S. diplomat and now a freshman congressman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

So there you have it. The progressive Left is now defining the nitwit warmongering neocon, Nikki Haley, as a hero!…

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