Anytime you want to know what a man stands for, check out his enemies. In 2016, since billionaire businessman Donald Trump has taken on his peers in the billionaire realm, aka the “establishment” power brokers, his ideological enemies have come out of the closet. Those opposing his “America First” economic policies have been publicly knashing their teeth for months fretting that all the “America First” rhetoric is going to make their overseas factories less profitable when Trump renegotiates trade deals. Same thing is happening with the green energy people who only invest in it when there are government subsidies. Now, it’s time for the elite war mongers to have their turn.
On Monday, the New York Times – now the standard conduit for direct, 3rd party, passive aggressive messaging – published an open statement from 50 of the people who have brought us near constant war for the last 25 years. In the letter they condemn Donald Trump’s “reckless” foreign policy ideas…which essentially run counter to theirs. The letter is basically two pages of politically correct euphemisms and repeated accusations that don’t have any basis in fact when looking at Trump’s record objectively. Those signing the letter itself are the sorts of people who go to work for think tanks, lobbying firms, and vested private industry all while banking on the fact that they were part of an administration that went to war at some point or another. (A lot of them are former Bush 43 administration people.)
For the most part, commenters out on the fruited plain have heard of a small fraction of these people. One former CIA head, two former Homeland Security Secretaries, a White House staffer or two are among the names which are actually recognizable. Many of the rest were deputies within the defense and intelligence apparatus and the State Department. That tells us one thing: they are making a living in the corporate and think tank worlds off of having been part of a government at war.
One thing Trump has made very clear in his campaigning is his aversion to going to war when we a) don’t need to, and b) can’t afford it. He has also expressed a keen interest in reassessing our formal military relationships with our allies (NATO, etc.) and facing the reality that the United States cannot continue to fund so many other countries’ defense for them.
FOLLOWING THE MONEY
Consider for a moment the common theme here: finances, economics, cash, monetary gain. Trump’s main messaging thrust is putting America first in everything. That means before making trade deals, going to war or any other foreign policy issue is acted upon the question “How will this effect the country mind, body, soul and pocketbook” must be considered. “Is it worth it” from every perspective including the loss of human life has to be paramount in mind. After that is answered, the question for Trump, who is not a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission or any of the other vested interests here, is “can we afford it.” After all, next to entitlements, war is about the most expensive thing the government does.
And we’ve been footing the defense bill for a lot of other countries for a long time.
We’re TRILLIONS of dollars in debt due to the combination of runaway entitlements and constantly being at war with no chance to pay off previous debt. It’s as if someone out there WANTS to bankrupt the United States. (Yes, I’m well aware of the central bank’s role in all of this.)
What the letter/statement attempts to do is paint a “walk boldly and carry a big stick” sort of guy as a chicken-livered coward. Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, Trump would be more likely to go all out in a war just to get it over with than pussy-foot around and fight in waves just to drag it all out for profit. In fact, Trump’s response was a full-on assault on the greedy pansies.
“The names on this letter are the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess, and we thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place. They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it’s time they are held accountable for their actions.
These insiders – along with Hillary Clinton – are the owners of the disastrous decisions to invade Iraq, allow Americans to die in Benghazi, and they are the ones who allowed the rise of ISIS. Yet despite these failures, they think they are entitled to use their favor trading to land taxpayer-funded government contracts and speaking fees. It’s time we put our foot down and declare that their gravy train is over: no longer will Crooked Hillary Clinton and the other disasters in Washington get rich at our expense….”
In so many ways, the candidacy of Donald Trump has opened the eyes of Americans to what our “leaders” and elite have been up to: a massive wealth transfer from the American taxpayers to the people who perpetuate war. It’s not the wealth transfer we usually think of, but one that does ring true when considered honestly. Yes, it is in the national interest to have a strong national defense. It is not in the national interest to be constantly using it to benefit someone else. That is Trump’s point, and truth be told, that is the base sentiment of the American people, even those of us who come from defense families.
We’ve now heard from the war monger arm of the elite sans Henry Kissinger, Condi Rice and a few others who are smart enough to stay out of the fray. Trump stomped them like a narc at a biker rally. We’ll see if any of it has an effect.