Sunday, April 17, 2016

Trump Is No Peace Candidate

Trump Is No Peace Candidate

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout its sordid history, all US presidents supported war, not peace - including Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and both Roosevelts. 

Traditional US policy from inception refutes the notion of a peace candidate becoming president - Jack Kennedy the one exception.

He entered office a warrior, transformed himself into a peacemaker, was killed for wanting all US forces out of Vietnam by end of 1963, normalized ties with Soviet Russia, nuclear disarmament, and the CIA disbanded, among other anti-establishment views.

Most of all, his opposition to America’s military-industrial complex meant he had to go. CIA hired guns eliminated him.

A Trump presidency won’t mean an end to US imperial wars, perhaps just slowing things a little and saving humanity from the scourge of WW III. 

He supports militarism like all presidential aspirants, saying “I’m gonna build a military that’s gonna be much stronger than it is right now. It’s gonna be so strong, nobody’s gonna mess with us.”

On the one hand, he says “(w)e can do it for a lot less.” He’s a businessman, wanting bang for bucks spent, no pun intended. 

Longstanding Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse is notorious - trillions of dollars poured down a black hole, solely benefitting war-profiteers, unrelated to national defense and security.

On the other, he ignores what’s most important. No nations threaten America, none since Japan surrendered in August 1945. It’s only enemies are ones it invents to continue waging war on humanity.

Don’t expect Trump as president to change longstanding policy, at most maybe decelerate a little. Challenging America’s military industrial complex responsibly would assure him the same fate as JFK. He’s smart enough to know it.

Supporters don’t seem savvy enough to realize he’s an establishment figure. He didn’t get super-rich by believing in peace, equity and justice for all.

He’s driven by wanting money used to make more of it, a zero-sum game benefitting the few at the expense of most others. 

All US administrations continue dirty business as usual - no exceptions other than JFK’s brief failed attempt to change things.

It’s foolhardy to accept political promises at face value. All politicians lie. None can be trusted. Promises are made to be broken.

The notion of Trump the peacemaker flies in the face of longstanding US tradition. 

He’s essentially like all the rest. He just sounds different, at times over-the-top, some of his ideas enough to make some neocons blush - like building America’s great wall along the Mexican border and having its government pay for it.

No matter who succeeds Obama, the same dirty system will persist. Waging war on humanity at home and abroad won’t end. 

Enriching the privileged few at the expense of most others remains hard-wired US policy. Believing any new administration will change things responsibly is self-delusion.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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