Trophy Hunting

All-in-all it’s just Another Brick in the Wall — Roger Waters, Pink Floyd

President Trump needed a political win to enforce his order to remove US troops from northwestern Syria. So killing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a US military raid in northwest Syria last night is a victory, if it indeed happened. Trump tweeted intimations last evening & “confirmed” it this morning in a press conference. He said that after being chased by US troops, air support & dogs, al-Baghdadi blew himself up, along with his three children, using a vest bomb.

Killing the leader of ISIS, with Russian, Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish & Turkish cooperation gets Trump a win, and an exit plan for Syria. Trump can now declare victory & leave Syria, if that is indeed his plan. Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops remain at the southern Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf, and no one is saying much about that– yet. Either way, there will still be CIA & US special forces involvement with Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria.

Donald Trump is impulsive & unpredictable, as he zig-zags on issues of global importance over a whim, but his overall foreign policy strategy appears to be open cooperation with Moscow in Syria, in order to make the Democrats look like the fanatical McCarthyists they are.

For the record, Russia’s Minister of Defense has rejected Trump’s boasts of killing al-Baghdadi along with Russian cooperation, so this could very likely be another Trump publicity stunt to win popularity among his supporters. if that’s the case, then Trump just shot himself in the foot again. Like everything involved with Al-Qaeda & US politics, the truth is hard to get at.

One thing is for sure, Trump is no peacemaker, as these troops are being re-deployed somewhere else in the Middle East war zone. Remember, President Trump has a record $750 billion military budget to play with. Overtures by diplomats about leaving some US troops to “keep the oil from Al-Qaeda & others” [?] have been rejected by all the nations involved, along with maintaining these 1,000 soldiers in Iraq.

Reading the deep state’s intent, it appears the “plan” is for the US military is to blow-up Syria’s oilfields before abandoning them to Damascus, creating another disaster on every level. All forces are now pushing in on the Al-Qaeda terrorists, including their former friends.

Syria & Iraq are no-win wars, debacles unfolding in front of the world’s eyes. It appears Trump wants out of Syria, and is letting US intelligence agencies & establishment politicos take the heat for their Al-Qaeda affiliations. Commenters all over the internet now understand this murky situation much better, and are venting their anger towards the fake media & its puppet-masters.

Trump has already been forced to back-pedal several times on withdrawal, as new Defense Secretary Mark Esper seems to be the deep state’s point man for channeling the Don towards the establishment way of thinking, which is keeping US troops in Syria. Mark Esper has been in the media a LOT lately, I’ve noticed. He’s the new kid on the block. One thing about the NKOTB: I don’t have a favorite.

Iraqi Defense Minister Najah al-Shammari, center right, and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, center left, stand for their country’s national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Ministry of Defense, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The Syrian pullout is feeding protests & insurgencies– globally. Trump & his planners know he needs to appear to get out of at least one of these “endless wars,” to have any hope of getting re-elected in 2020. But deep state Democrats & Republicans want all these wars to continue, and for Trump to be defeated. That’s the conflict in NYC, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Washington & Langley right now.

Once again, there’s a ton of fake media propaganda flying around on all sides, with every new development. This Syrian situation could start World War III, so it is up up to Trotskyists/socialists everywhere to take class-conscious action. This is the only way fascism & barbarism can be pushed back & defeated.


Memorial Day & Modern Wars

Why did the US military invade Iraq in 2003?

The official version was that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
By 2005, US president George W. Bush was forced to publicly admit there were no (and never were) WMDs in Iraq; claiming it had been an “intelligence error.” [1]
Troop levels were still maintained.

Jeb Bush (G. W. Bush’s younger brother) is now a contender for the Republican party nomination in 2016.
He recently admitted publicly that he (any any other politician [!]) still would have invaded Iraq without WMDs. [2]
Obviously there is a different motivation for these ongoing wars in Iraq & the Middle East, than what has been presented publicly.

Scramble for Oil

Oil is the most valuable natural-resource commodity in the modern world.
As far as economic importance goes, oil surpassed cotton in the late 19th century as the driver of global capitalism.
Today, nearly all the products we consume for daily living rely on petroleum for extraction, refining, production, and transportation to market.

Whoever controls the world’s oil supply, controls this all-important lever of the world economy.
Since the end of World War 2, Washington has established a permanent garrison in the Middle East for this purpose.

US & Israeli Militarism

Israel was created by the United Nations (itself a tool for US imperialism), from 1947-49, for the stated purpose of avoiding another Holocaust; and in doing so, they created another humanitarian crisis.
According to UN figures, 726,000 Palestinians fled or were forcibly evicted by the Israeli military from 1947-49. [3]

Disappearing Palestine

Why is the US military still in Iraq?

Scramble for Oil 2

The acronym ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
ISIS evolved into a regional a power directly as a result of US support for Sunni Islamist proxy armies in its dirty wars for regime change in both Libya and Syria.
ISIS is often referred to as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the media, in order to confuse the US population as to its origins.

US military presence in Iraq is about to increase again. [4]
In spite of all the government/media lies defending militarism, here’s the latest Gallup poll from June 2014:

Do you think the United States made a mistake sending troops to Iraq?
57% Yes
39% No
3%  Undecided [5]

Controlling the world’s oil reserves is a US strategic objective, even as its risks a potential conflict with nuclear powers Russia and China.

Benjamin Netanyahu & Barack Obama


Militarism in the modern-day Middle East is never discussed by the media in the context of global warming.

Of course, the Earth is already in the grip of global warming, which is caused by excessive carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel consumption; so as a species, homo sapiens need to be cutting back on fossil fuel use.
Instead, we have a non-stop US government & corporate media campaign of lies, in order to hide the real issues from working people.

Gas, coal & nuclear are the only ‘serious’ alternatives promoted.

The cleanest and most-democratic form of energy production is solar, which has been mothballed & kept artificially expensive– in acquiescence to the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear giants.

Global Warming Denialist

In the final analysis, this is the ‘freedom’ for which all US soldiers (along with countless others), have sacrificed.
This unnecessary waste of human lives & our planet, will only end when working people everywhere organize themselves, with the purpose of carrying our a socialist revolution in permanence, in order to end the destructive conflicts of capitalism.

Rising Tide