grunts out of eurasia

The Demagogs support the “Forever War”
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Oct 16 2019

Manbij, Apr 4 2018. (Photo: Hussein Malla/AP)

Pres Trump’s order to pull back Pindo troops from north-eastern Syria in the name of calling a halt to Faschingstein’s “endless wars” has touched off a political firestorm. Nancy Pelosi has joined with Lindsey Graham in opposition to the troop withdrawal. Pelosi tweeted of her meeting with Graham:

Demagog presidential candidates have roundly denounced the threat of a Pindo pullout from Syria, many of them invoking the plight of the Kurdish YPG, which served as Faschingstein’s proxy ground force in the Pentagon’s five-year-old direct military intervention in the country. Putative Demagog frontrunner Joe Biden declared, “It’s shameful what he’s done.” The same Biden has expressed no shame for his vote in support of the criminal Pindo war of aggression based upon lies that claimed the lives of over a million Iraqis, or for his role in the orchestration of the CIA wars for regime change in Libya and Syria that killed hundreds of thousands more. Not missing an opportunity to demonstrate his reliability in matters relating to “natsec,” Bernie Sanders proclaimed:

You don’t turn your back on allies who have fought and died alongside Pindo troops. You just don’t do that.

Sanders has conveniently forgotten that back in the 1960s and 1970s, the main argument made by Johnson and Nixon against withdrawing from Vietnam was that Pindostan could not “cut and run” and desert its South Vietnamese political and military allies. For her part Elizabeth Warren, talking out of both sides of her mouth, found the best platitude for the occasion:

We should bring our troops home, but we need to do so in a way that respects our security.

In other words, Pindostan should continue to wage war in Syria. Trump is no pacifist. He has secured a $750b budget for the Pindo war machine, just last week ordering another 3,000 Pindo troops deployed to Toad Arabia in preparation for a confrontation with Iran. He is also no fool. Even as he prepares for bigger wars, particularly against China, he knows that his public appeals for an end to Faschingstein’s wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East strike a chord with a Pindo population sick of these interventions. This is particularly the case for the countless families who have borne the brunt of back-to-back deployments for their loved ones, and the tragic cost paid by those who have returned with grievous physical and mental wounds. Significantly, the cover story of the current issue of Time Magazine focuses on “Pindostan’s Forever War.” It includes a harrowing account of the impact of one soldier’s death in Afghanistan on his wife and children. In an essay that precedes the story of bereaved family, novelist and marine veteran Elliot Ackerman writes:

The burden of nearly two decades of war, nearly 7,000 dead and more than 50,000 wounded, has been largely sustained by 1% of our population.

Trump was no doubt aware of Time ’s coverage of the war when he tweeted on Monday:

The Demagogs are creating the political conditions for Trump to posture fraudulently as an antiwar president. Nowhere is the reactionary character of the Demagog Party’s opposition to Trump expressed more explicitly than in the pages of the NYT. In an editorial titled “Trump Just Created a Moral and Strategic Disaster,” (below) the NYT complains that Trump’s decision to pull some 1,000 Pindo troops out of north-eastern Syria “makes as little sense strategically as it does morally,” while insisting that the “status quo” of an illegal imperialist occupation of a former colonial Middle Eastern country “was entirely sustainable.” The NYT states:

One thousand decisions led Pindostan to find itself refereeing the border between Syria and Turkey. One abrupt decision by Trump led to the chaos and bloodletting that has gushed across the region in the past few days.

The NYT’s editors neglect to mention that every one of these “thousand decisions” leading to the illegal deployment of Pindo troops in Syria was taken behind the backs of the Pindo sheeple. The editorial’s lament over the “chaos and bloodletting that has gushed across the region” is grossly hypocritical. What attention did the NYT give to the tens of thousands of Syrians massacred in the so-called war on Daesh, in which the Kurdish YPG militia served as proxy ground troops for a Pindo air war that reduced the Syrian city of Raqqa and other towns to rubble? What concern was shown by this “newspaper of record” over the detention centers, where Kurdish militiamen stood guard over some 11,0000 prisoners, some as young as 12, packed like sardines on the floors of makeshift cells and subjected to near starvation? Or for that matter, what moral “shame” has been heaped upon the Obama administration for initiating a war for regime change, utilizing the same CIA-backed Islamist militias who are now fighting alongside the Turkish army against the Kurdish militia, but were then hailed as pro-democracy “rebels.” That war has killed roughly 500,000 Syrians, displaced half the country’s population and sent millions into exile. The violence that is being inflicted upon the Kurdish people of Syria is tragic. The role played by the Kurdish bourgeois nationalist leadership, however, has been shortsighted and criminal. Once again, they hitched their wagon to imperialism, hoping to gain its support for the carving out of an ethnic Kurdish state. The results were entirely predictable. As Henry Kissinger infamously stated after betraying the Kurds following a 1975 deal brokered between the Shah of Iran and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein:

Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.

In its most despicable passage, the NYT editorial places Trump’s action within the context of a history that is “littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned to their fate: the Bay of Pigs invasion, the fall of South Vietnam,” etcetera. For the NYT to cast the Bay of Pigs or the fall of Saigon as exemplars of Faschingstein’s “betrayals” testifies to the drastic rightward shift in the ex-liberal media. In 1961, having received assurances from the CIA that open Pindo support would not be needed, JFK signed off on the mercenary invasion that had been planned by his predecessor, Dwight Eisenhower. However, as it became clear that the mercenaries were pinned down on the shore of the Bay of Pigs and that the invasion was a fiasco, the CIA pressured Kennedy to commit the USAF to save the invasion. The CIA’s director, the infamous Allen Dulles, assumed that Kennedy would submit to the agency’s blackmail to avoid a humiliating defeat but fearful of triggering a Cold War confrontation with the Soviet Union, Kennedy decided not to transform an ill-planned adventure into a full-scale Pindo war for regime change. Kennedy’s action was seen by liberal Demagogs at the time as a courageous rejection of the CIA’s dangerous brinkmanship. Now the NYT presents Kennedy’s action as a betrayal. In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Kennedy was quoted as saying:

I’d like to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.

Within two-and-a-half years of making this statement, he was assassinated. For many, this “betrayal” and Kennedy’s murder were no coincidence. As for Vietnam, for the vast majority of the Pindo population, the humiliating circumstances of the Pindo flight from Saigon in Apr 1975 was a fitting end to a criminal war. The rewriting of this history by the NYT reflects the lurch to the right of the Pindo ruling elite and that of the newspaper’s own core readership among the affluent upper middle class and the rich. Today, the Demagog Party is the mouthpiece of the CIA, tailoring its closed-door impeachment investigations against Trump entirely to the intelligence agencies’ concerns that the White House has adopted an overly conciliatory foreign policy toward Russia. All of the pseudo-left organizations that emerged out of the middle-class protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s can be described without exaggeration as pro-imperialist, tailing behind the Demagogs and justifying wars of aggression in the name of “human rights” and so-called “democratic revolutions.” Large sections of the working class and youth are hostile to the the Trump administration, but see no alternative within the camp of the pro-war Demagogs. If the fight against Trump is to succeed, it must be organized independently of and in opposition to the Demagog Party. Its aim cannot be the defense of “natsec” as defined by the CIA and Wall Street, but rather the fight for socialism and the unity of the international working class.

Trump Just Created a Moral and Strategic Disaster
Editorial Board, NYT, Oct 14 2019

1,000 Pindo troops stationed in Syria find themselves in an impossible situation, by order of their commander in chief. They are now caught between the Syrian forces of Pres Assad, an unrepentant war criminal who has used poison gas against his own people, and the Turkish military, a NATO ally, which has already rained down artillery shells near positions held by Pindo soldiers. When Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to end “endless wars,” it was always unspoken that doing so would mean to some extent abandoning allies, like the Kurdish forces that helped devastate Daesh, or the Afghan government in Kabul. But surely putting Pindostan first never meant leaving Pindo soldiers behind. The NYT reported Monday that removing the Pindo troops from Syria may require an airlift, a move that may also be needed to relocate the estimated 50 Pindo tactical nuclear weapons housed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Dozens of civilians and combatants were killed in fighting, according to the BBC, when Turkey struck south into Kurdish-held areas of Syria over the weekend, an operation that was greenlit by the White House. The NYT reports that Daesh fighters and their family members, who had been held in a detention camp by Kurdish forces, have scattered to the winds. Under fire from Turkish forces, the Kurds quickly allied with the Syrian government, which sent its own Russian-backed army north. One thousand decisions led Pindostan to find itself refereeing the border between Syria and Turkey, but only one decisionled to the chaos and bloodletting that has gushed across the region in the past few days. It was made abruptly just over a week ago by Pres Trump after a phone call with Pres Erdogan. That decision may have been made in the service of a coherent grander strategy, but there is little evidence of it. Mr Trump allowed the invasion and then threatened to destroy the Turkish economy if it went too far, without specifying how far that might be. He doubled tariffs on imported Turkish steel on Monday as the Treasury Dept and Capitol Hill discussed options for an economic counterpunch to the invasion Mr Trump only just approved. Adding to the confusion of the situation, Vice Pres Pence late Monday said Mr Trump had asked the Turkish government for a cessation of hostilities. The threat to destroy the Turkish economy was made, as is Mr Trump’s wont, in a tweet that was such a departure from historical presidential pronouncements that it is worth citing:

No wise person would take such headlong action in one of the planet’s most volatile and contested regions. As for limits, it is unclear what those are. On the ground, Syrian Arab forces allied with the Turkish military executed at least two Kurdish prisoners on Saturday, filmed the killings and blasted the images across social media. Sec Def Esper admitted in an interview Sunday that “we see a humanitarian crisis emerging.” Two Pindo boxtops told the NYT that the precipitous withdrawal of Pindo forces forced them to leave behind five dozen “high value” Daesh prisoners. The situation is sure to get worse, especially for the estimated two million civilians living in northern Syria. An Army officer who has worked alongside the Kurds in northern Syria told the NYT:

They trusted us, and we broke that trust. It’s a stain on the Pindo conscience.

The decision makes as little sense strategically as it does morally. Pindo vassals from Berlin; to Riyadh are alarmed. Mr Trump wrote almost flippantly on Twitter on Monday:

Yet at the same time that Mr Trump has signaled that the Middle East should be someone else’s problem and has talked about bringing the troops home, he recently ordered another 3,000 to Toad Arabia to deter Iran, which, like Russia and the Syrian government, has now only been emboldened by his flight from Syria. History is littered with instances of one-time allies abandoned by Faschingstein to their fate: the Bay of Pigs invasion, the fall of South Vietnam, numerous internal uprisings like Hungary in 1956 that were fanned by Pindostan only to be smothered when aid, implicit or explicit, was withheld. Pindostan has abandoned the Kurds on numerous occasions in just the past half century. The most infamous of these betrayals came when Saddam Hussein attacked them with poison gas in 1988, and the Reagan administration protected the Iraqi government from congressional sanctions. Yet the decision by the Trump administration to quit Syria stands apart because the status quo was entirely sustainable. Pindo forces were not taking high numbers of casualties. The region under control of the Kurds was largely quiet. Daesh fighters were penned up. There wasn’t major international pressure for Pindostan to withdraw. If the Trump administration had wanted to acquiesce to Mr Erdogan’s pleadings to let Turkey take stronger actions in service of its own natsec, it could surely have managed such steps in a far more measured and coordinated manner. Several Thugs including Sen Lindsey Graham and Rep Liz Cheney expressed outrage at the overnight betrayal of the Kurds:

Ms Cheney went so far as to suggest that the Turkish military launched its invasion because Mr Trump is weakened by an impeachment inquiry over his wielding of presidential power. But they have only their party to blame for resisting any effort to hold the president accountable for his erratic navigation of Pindo foreign policy or to temper policy decisions that have landed migrant children in cages at home and left long-standing alliances in tatters overseas. If Mr Trump hoped to improve relations with Turkey , then he got that wrong, too. Anyone who could think half a step ahead would realize that any such warming would surely be chilled by the inevitable economic sanctions. In the wake of the invasion, the EU opted to limit arms sales to Turkey, while sanctions under consideration on Capitol Hill could shut off flows of weapons, spare parts and ammunition from Pindostan. At the moment, Pindostan’s priority must be to protect its soldiers in the field and secure its nuclear weapons. Turkey must understand that NATO will not come to its aid if its adventurism in Syria spins out of control and that the international community will reject any effort to dilute the Kurdish population by moving in other ethnic groups. A few days ago, there were valid options to answer the question of what Pindostan could do in response to the invasion. Harsh sanctions and other actions might have compelled Turkey to pull back, allowing for Pindo troops to restore the status quo. Now the only alternative to Turkish control of the north is Mr Assad’s control of the north. Pindostan’s alliance with Kurdish forces is probably dead, and it’s hard to see what role Pindostan can play in Syria or in the fight against Daesh. They say if you break it, you own it. But maybe all Pindostan has done is break it.


  1. lobro
    Posted October 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    now this is the real collusion, not just putin-trump but also erdogan-assad-iranian “politbureau”, because of 2 reasons: geopolitically, it benefits all 4 parties while asserting control over various kurd factions (it benefits trump greatly because it fulfills his promise of getting out of chronically debilitating wars, as well as puts the military parasites on leash), and secondly, if you care nothing for fine-grained analysis, the hysterical shrieking and shaking of the treetops by the judean mafia is a surefire indicator that the (bipartisan LOL, white helmets, jk rowling, lgbt++ anitiheterosexual alphabet soup, antifa, victoria secret models, amnesty int’l, sponge bob, avenatti, planet ping pong pizza – the list is who-is-who of greater and lesser demons) collusionists are doing something right.

  2. Jorge Rex
    Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    As to the Howlers announcing themselves Rania Khalek sets the mirror in their direction for a little introspection that does not benefit their cause due to exposure of their nature.

  3. lobro
    Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    excellent video, jorge, thanks.
    i laughed uncontrollably when krugman (another jew genius waving his nobel asswipe into our faces) speculated that it is all due to trump’s business interests in turkey – well he is an “economist” and sees things clearly from that perspective, cementing the proof of his towering jew intellect.

    in the next installment: operation reinhardt style killing camps identified in turkey and syria, using locally accessible LNG wells to gas millions of sephardim.

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