Last night, Donald Trump let us all know that he lost in his attempt to “drain the swamp” (if that was ever actually his true intent). Instead, the swamp drained him. The Deep State proved that they continue to call the shots.
Trump repeatedly said that we should focus on ISIS, not Syria; that Syria was none of our business. The Russians were taking care of the situation in Syria. And, for a country $20 trillion in debt, it makes sense to let someone else solve problems in the Middle East sometimes.
And this week’s chemical weapon attack was so clearly a false flag. As Ron Paul notes, why in the world would Assad gas his own people when he’s winning? He’s taken back lots of territory; he has the support of the Russians (who would certainly abandon or censure him if he did this); and the US has recently been acknowledged that he’ll likely stay in power, and that we’re ok with that. So why would you possibly do something guaranteed to turn the world against you?
And yet here we are, lobbing missiles into another sovereign nation, potentially stirring up an international incident with their superpower partner. Exactly what the Deep State needs: More conflict, more war.
Trump has been captured just as Obama had been captured.
Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.
His opposition to the war was part of his platform in 2008. And yet, in 2017, NPR notes that Obama had the distinction of being the first two-term president in history to be at war every single day of his presidency. Not only did we not end the Iraq War, we sustained the Afghanistan War, turned Libya into a failed state, seeded an uprising in the Ukraine and supported Saudi Arabia as it went to war in Yemen.
The lesson is clear: The Deep State holds the reigns, and no matter what a candidate says, they’ll get on board the Deep State train in short order once assuming the office.