Late Thursday afternoon I was checking into a motel in Gallup, NM, also known as “Drunk Town, USA.” Stranded in far western New Mexico and surrounded by dissolute Injun reservations, this gloriously seedy tiny town serves as the major supply center for a proud but beaten-down group it used to be politically acceptable to refer to as Indians.
As evidence of creeping globalism even way out here in the dusty desert, an American Indian was standing in front of me renting a room from the proprietor, who was also an Indian, but of the “dot” rather than the “feather” variety.
As the proprietor was pecking away at his keyboard, the American Indian—grizzled and worn-down and sad-looking, as they all tend to be—turned to me and asked, “Did you hear what Trump did?”
“He shot fifty-nine missiles at Syria. It’s World War III, man.”
I didn’t say much beyond “Wow.” I didn’t know what to say because I didn’t know any of the details.
Now that I know more details, all I can say is: Why?
I’ll strain to keep a lid on the hyperbole, and I’ll spare everyone the sobbing, but I can suddenly relate to the female SJW who famously howled NOOOOOOOO the moment Trump was inaugurated. This felt like a groin kick and gut punch at the same time.
Why’d you do it, Don? After all your campaign promises, why did you suddenly go global?
People were quick to resurrect a series of Trump’s tweets from 2013 that heckled Barack Obama for even daring to consider intervening in Syria:
The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
We should stop talking, stay out of Syria and other countries that hate us, rebuild our own country and make it strong and great again-USA!
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day!
Let the Arab League take care of Syria. Why are these rich Arab countries not paying us for the tremendous cost of such an attack?
Only days before last November’s election, Trump told a crowd in Florida that Hillary Clinton “wants to start a shooting war in Syria…that could very well lead to World War III.”
Shortly after hearing about the missile launch, it occurred to me that if Trump was attacking the Putin-backed Assad, at least that should squelch all the nonsensical rumors that Trump is Putin’s puppet. Both Putin and Assad deny responsibility for the chemical attack of April 4, and I’ve heard multiple murmurings that this was a “false flag” operation designed to bait Trump into war. One thing I find a mite odd is that Trump reportedly warned the Russians prior to the attack. If this is all some elaborate joint effort between the Trump Administration and the Russians to cast doubt over these endless accusations that they engage in elaborate joint efforts, it’s an absolutely brilliant move and Trump truly is the fourth-dimensional chess wizard his fondest acolytes claim he is.
That would be the most optimistic scenario. But history and personal experience have trained me not to be optimistic.
Shortly after hearing of the attack, I told a friend, “This is something Hillary Clinton would do.” Sure enough, mere hours before missiles were launched, Madame Secretary called upon the US to bomb Syrian air fields.
Lily-livered Lindsay Graham and walking corpse John McCain praised Trump’s move. So did the endlessly punchable Bill Kristol. And Charles Schumer. And Nancy Pelosi. Prior to this, I’ve never heard any of them utter a positive word about Trump. They had screaming moral objections to the fact that he wanted to enforce America’s immigration laws and protect American workers in global trade deals—so deep-rooted was their moralistic repugnance that they depicted him as Satan incarnate. But firing 59 missiles into Ground Zero for World War III mere days after declaring that the USA no longer supported regime change in Syria? Why, the savage righteousness of it all nearly brought them to tears.
Tellingly, the most vocal critics of the missile attack came from what were formerly Trump’s most ardent supporters. Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars tweeted, “I guess Trump wasn’t ‘Putin’s puppet’ after all, he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet.” Ann Coulter said “Trump campaigned on not getting involved in Mideast. Said it always helps our enemies & creates more refugees. Then he saw a picture on TV.” The editors of VDARE tweeted, “Sixteen years after September 11, we’re Al-Qaeda’s air force.”
The missile strike came only hours after Trump removed ardent nationalist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council Principals Committee, allegedly at the strong urging of mega-Zionist and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
I’ve never doubted that Trump is far more a master strategist than he is a committed ideologue. After a couple months in office, it’s possible he took a long, sober look at the casino table and decided it’d be better to ditch the nationalists and appease the neocons if he had any hope of maintaining his power grip in Washington. It’s quite possible that all the religious rubes who supported Bush II, McCain, and Romney far outnumber the ragged coalition of economic and racial nationalists that formed his most rabid support base.
If that’s the case, I find it endlessly depressing that he has finally succumbed to what he decried less than a year ago as “the false song of globalism.” For now, I must struggle to find my place in an unfamiliar new world where Old Indians rent motel rooms from New Indians out in old New Mexico.
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