Worries about Iran’s attacks on Saudi ships in the Strait of Hormuz caused many to fear war in the region. The warmongering neocon faction of the GOP, thankfully no longer in the White House, and Obama’s passive/aggressive team, might have had us at war by now. And based on U.S. “intelligence” reports, “W” Bush would already have invaded the wrong country.
Trump has employed a diplomatic response, and he doesn’t bother asking the anti-American United Nations to help. America would have better results appealing to the International House of Pancakes.
With such tension with Iran in the region, there are few exit ramps and little communication with the thugs in Iran’s theocracy. I paid $2.06 yesterday for a gallon of gas in Tennessee. The U.S. is energy-independent now, so we have less reason to go to war over oil. Let Israel, the bar bouncer in the Middle East, handle this.
We have not gotten the final bill for Iraq, nor have we been informed why we went and what we accomplished there. The same holds true for Afghanistan, despite the trillions of dollars spent. Our government did finally find bin Laden; he was in his house in Pakistan.
I’d like to appoint a commission to look into both wars and tell us what we got for all our blood and treasure. We need someone with experience in mediating controversy and violence, so I suggest NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hopefully, he will impose a one-war suspension and loss of the draft.
The U.S. military-industrial complex does not have Trump’s ear, and that is good. He justifiably treats the whole DC swamp with skepticism. U.S. hawks trying to goad him into another war should understand by now that we cannot control other countries. We cannot even control Chicago or our borders.
Trump admires Reagan and has used his foreign policy template: peace through strength. Hopefully Trump will continue on this path, to de-escalate wars and conflicts like he has and to focus on America first. Contrary to the fearmongering rhetoric of Bush and Obama, hordes of Muslim extremists are not going to cross the ocean and invade America. They don’t have ships, cable TV or processed cheese. When they get those, maybe we worry.
By the tone that Trump has taken, we have de-escalated the possibility of war with Syria, Libya and most notably North Korea. New National Security Advisor John Bolton (whose mustache fought in the Civil War) is proffering hawkish views to Trump and things are heating up with Iran. Say what you will about career diplomats John Bolton or John Kerry, they are no Dennis Rodman.
Ron Hart, formerly of Goldman Sachs, is a libertarian op-ed humorist, an award-winning author, and a frequent guest on TV and radio. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.