President Donald Trump’s common sense foreign policy is falling apart, thanks in large part to rogue actions conducted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton that have undermined his ‘America First’ mandate.
Bolton is claiming without evidence that “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” coming from Iran are justifying an additional military presence in the region.
Pentagon deploying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Middle East based on new threat from Iran: statement
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 7, 2019
This comes just two days after Bolton issued a statement declaring that the U.S. would unleash the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as well as a bomber task force to the Middle East to show Iran who’s boss.
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” said Bolton, who supported every disastrous military intervention of the Bush and Obama regimes.
While Bolton inflames hostilities in Iran, Pompeo is busy pressing for conflict in Venezuela. With socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime hanging by a thread, U.S. meddling has given the fledgling regime a rallying cry to regain popular support.
Agradezco a todo el pueblo venezolano, su valentía, coraje y conciencia frente a este intento de golpe de Estado frustrado. Han demostrado que un pueblo movilizado es garantía de tranquilidad para la Patria. ¡Venezuela es Territorio de Paz e Independencia! pic.twitter.com/CjOhzxpjH4
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 1, 2019
Saludo a los líderes, lideresas, gobiernos, movimientos sociales e intelectuales del mundo por sus pronunciamientos, muestras de solidaridad y apoyo a la Constitución, a la democracia y al Gobierno Bolivariano que presido. ¡El Pueblo de Venezuela les Agradece! pic.twitter.com/XAnRvUABJa
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 1, 2019
Pompeo’s failure has only caused him to become more belligerent in his threats against Venezuela.
“The President has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do,” Pompeo said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network.
He made it clear that the U.S. will ultimately decide who rules over Venezuela, and that their will will be imposed by force if necessary.
“We’d prefer a peaceful transition of government there, where Maduro leaves and a new election is held. But the President has made clear, in the event that there comes a moment — and we’ll all have to make decisions about when that moment is — and the President will have to ultimately make that decision. He is prepared to do that if that’s what’s required,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo may claim to speak for the President, but that is not necessarily the case.
After talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, it does not seem as if Trump’s mindset is congruent with his hawkish advisers any longer. After faux-president Juan Guiado’s “revolution” that was largely promulgated for the TV screens fizzled out in a day, Trump is beginning to change his tune on Venezuela.
“He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela, other than he’d like to see something positive happen,” Trump said about Putin last week. “I feel the same way.”
“The president of Russia underscored that only the Venezuelans themselves have the right to determine the future of their country,” Putin’s office said in a press release.
“Attempts to change the government in Caracas by force undermine prospects for a political settlement of the crisis,” Putin’s office continued.
Much to the chagrin of the weathered military-industrial complex disciple Pompeo the mustachioed warmonger Bolton, Trump reportedly believes that a war in Iran would be another Iraq-style disaster – thanks in large part to the lobbying work of non-interventionist Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
“You do not have the permission of Congress to go to war with Iran,” Paul said to the squirming Pompeo last month as he tried to weasel out of answering a question directly. “Only Congress can declare war.”
Pompeo takes great pride in deceiving the American public, actually having the audacity to claim that the deep state’s disinformation campaigns remind him “of the glory of the American experiment.”
President Trump will have to remain wary of the neoconservative war hawks scheming within his administration, unless he decides to remove them and replace them with conservative ‘America First’ patriots.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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