Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria

It was a mere two months ago the president of the United States declared he would leave Syria and bring home the troops. 

“Our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back,” Trump said. “And they’re coming back now. We won. And that’s the way we want it. And that’s the way they want it.”

That was then, this is now. 

Now Trump has gone back on his promise, as he has gone back

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Life and Death Near Ground Zero

I live very close to ground zero, or one of many the Russians have said they are targeting in response to Trump’s decision to place intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe. 

If Putin’s hypersonic nuclear missiles—launched from submarines near US territorial waters—are unleashed, my family and I will be toast. 

The White Sands missile testing range is located on the east side of the Organ Mountains, less than twenty miles from where I live. Then there is Holloman Air Force Base, about seventy miles north of here. I should add the Fort Bliss army base in El Paso, about fifty miles

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Trump’s Wayback Machine: It’s 1960 and Cuba’s in the Crosshairs

Following the advice of his neocon masters, President Trump has decided to cook up a new round of misery for the long-suffering folks of Cuba, forever cursed for the crime of throwing out a brutal US puppet (Fulgencio Batista) and replacing him with a communist (Fidel Castro, who incidentally was not a communist until after the Cuban Revolution). 

Tump has switched on his wayback machine and set the dial to 1959. He wants to give US citizens the ability to sue the Cuban government and “foreign companies that allegedly profit from… nationalized properties,” writes Marjorie Cohn for Truthout. 

In accordance

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An Idiot’s National Emergency

It’s not proper form to open a blog post by calling a sitting president an idiot who knows not what he talks or tweets about. Even so, the conclusion is inescapable. 

President Donald Trump is an idiot, at least when it comes to navigating politics, but then this is basically de rigueur in America. As a nation, we know very little about the rest of the world or for that matter our own country, and that includes the real number of criminals, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and terrorists crossing the border. 

I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, less than

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National Emergency? It’s Not the Border

Trump has declared a national emergency in a last ditch effort to get his wall built on “public” and private land. 

The reality of poor Central American campesinos crossing the southern border in search of free stuff in return for voting Democrats into office is overshadowed by another national emergency, one few want to talk about—the national debt. 

After that puppy implodes, there will be millions of born-and-bred Americans screaming for free stuff at the expense of the “one percent,” that is to say your garden variety millionaires, not the 0.01 percent. 

Ask Jeff Bezos how this works. His company

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Trump: Staying in Syria for Israel

Poor Trump. He keeps making an idiot of himself.

The latest case: Syria. Trump said the troops will be coming home. But that promise has suddenly changed, as I knew it would.

The troops will stay in Syria, he said this weekend.

So there it is. The US is in Syria for Israel, to watch Iran. Congress wants the troops to remain and Congress is owned in part—a

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Trump: Dazed and Confused

Donald Trump tells us he wants to put an end to forever war, but this doesn’t include Iran and Venezuela.

He wants to end the Bush wars, subsequently carried over by Obama, and start his own wars, one for Israel and the other for bankers and transnational corporations training a covetous eye on the world’s largest reservoir of oil.

None of this has anything to do with democracy. It’s about control of natural resources, gold, money, and populations. In the case of Iran, the objective is to topple the mullahs and install a neoliberal and Israel-friendly government.

Meanwhile Congress, both

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John Bolton’s Plan to Starve Millions of Venezuelans into Submission

It is true Venezuela’s economic problems are in large part due to that country’s socialist command economy, but this overlooks the role played by the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union.

Over the last five years, the US has imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela. It has cut it off from western financial markets and this has resulted in oil production shortfalls. Venezuela is unable to raise capital to address deficiencies in the oil sector of its economy. This situation was exacerbated when the price of petroleum fell sharply around the world. Venezuelan debt instruments are banned by

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Trump’s Latest Neocon Adviser Assigned Task of Overthrowing Maduro in Venezuela

Donald Trump is no different than his predecessors. During the campaign, he said whatever he had to in order to get elected. He promised to close down the neocon foreign wars and also fight the “deep state” by draining the swamp. 

Obama also promised to end the neocon wars, but that was said with the same insincerity as his predecessor, George W. Bush, who said in 2000 he wasn’t into nation building and foreign entanglements. 

It is now obvious, with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s appointment of convicted criminal Elliott Abrams as his “point person” on Venezuela, that the

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The Unconstitutional National Emergency Farce

If Donald Trump wants a wall on the border, maybe he can ask Sheldon Adelson to chip in to pay for it. Adelson knows all about walls. His people in Israel built one to keep the Palestinians in their ghettos. 

If the corporate news can be believed, Trump will take relief money earmarked for Puerto Rico and Texas to build his wall. 

It’s all ego at this point. Trump has been humiliated by his inability to get a wall. It’s personal for him. Trump’s not concerned about a few billion dollars spent on a bad idea that will do little

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