I’m starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump’s latest dramatic U-turn on pulling troops from Syria certainly feeds such theories.
When President Trump announced just a couple of weeks ago that the US was removing its troops from Syria and possibly reducing troops from Afghanistan, the neocons, the media, the military-industrial complex, and the left-wing “never-Trump” people were livid. They were silent when President Obama made the horrible decision to overthrow Assad in Syria and sent weapons to jihadists to do so. They never said a word when billions of dollars were committed to this immoral and dangerous “regime change” policy. They weren’t interested in the rule of law when President Obama thumbed his nose at Congress and sent troops into Syria.
But when President Trump declared the obvious – that ISIS was effectively defeated and that we had no business being in Syria – these above groups in unison declared that actually bringing US troops home was a “gift to Russia.” They said bringing US troops home would create instability in the regions they left. Well, is there any proof that occupation by US troops actually brings stability?
No sooner did President Trump announce our departure than his neocon advisors began walking his words back. First he had to endure a lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham reading him the riot act, where, according to the Senator, Trump agreed to no timetables for departure. Then his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, began to tell the world that President Trump’s statements on troop pullout were just empty words, not US policy.
While Syrian Christians newly liberated from the rule of US-backed extremists celebrated Christmas for the first time in years, John Bolton dusted off the old warning to Assad that the US would attack if he “again” gassed his people. With the Syrian president personally taking part in some of the Christmas celebrations, does anybody really believe he’d go back to his office and order a gas attack?
Bolton then claimed that the US would shift troops from Syria to Iraq to continue fighting ISIS and that the US fully backs Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory. Did President Trump even agree to any of this?
Even worse, Secretary of State Pompeo is embarking on a Middle East tour where he will essentially tell leaders in the region that the US president is a liar. According to one State Department official quoted in a report on Sunday, Pompeo’s message to the Middle East will be, “Despite reports to the contrary and false narratives surrounding the Syria decision, we are not going anywhere. The secretary will reinforce that commitment to the region and our partners.”
Calling the US president’s actual words on Syria “false narratives”? How is this not insubordination?
Will President Trump stand by and watch this coup taking place under his nose? Does he realize how his credibility suffers when he boldly announces a US withdrawal and the does a U-turn days later? Has he noticed recent polls showing that the majority of the American people agree with him? Why is he so intimidated by the neocons?
Ronald Ernest Paul is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas’s 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013.
This article was originally published by “Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.” –
The danger in all this is that it may soon put the U.S. in the absurd position of having to decide whether to defend the YPG from a Turkish military assault:
“The message that Bolton gave in Israel is unacceptable. It is not possible for us to swallow,” Erdogan said. He suggested that he might ignore the Trump administration’s request to delay the Turkish military operation.
“Very soon, we will take action to neutralize terrorist organizations in Syria,” Erdogan said. “We have completed our preparations for the operation to a large extent.”
The U.S. isn’t obliged to defend against an attack by one of our own treaty allies inside the borders of a country where our forces have no right to be. It is a measure of how far removed from U.S. security interests our Syria policy is and how far outside the law our military operations in Syria are that we are confronted with such a ridiculous predicament. No U.S. interests will be served by remaining in any part of Syria, and the risk of clashing with our own treaty allies is reason enough to get out as soon as possible.
This article was originally published by “The American Conservative” –
Erdogan’s Gift to Bolton
By Daniel Larison
It begins: President Trump likely to declare national emergency at 9pm today
(Natural News) President Trump plans to address the nation tonight in a 9pm Eastern broadcast that will be carried by all the major news networks. During this broadcast, he is widely expected to invoke a national emergency over the continued illegal invasion and occupation of America by foreign nationals. These law-breaking criminals are using America’s open borders to engage in widespread human trafficking, drug smuggling, gun running and the invasion of America with violent criminal illegal aliens who are granted “sanctuary” status by treasonous Democrats like former California Gov. Jerry Brown.
As NewsTarget.com has previously reported, President Trump is technically already operating with a declaration of a national emergency. Accordingly, he may not use the phrase “national emergency” in tonight’s address, since that designation has already been invoked and is legally in place. The declaration grants President Trump broad emergency power, many of which were established under former President Barack Obama. As reported by Natural News in 2012, Barack Obama already declared the president’s power to seize all national resources in times of emergency:
On March 16, 2012, President Obama issued an executive order entitled, “NATIONAL DEFENSE RESOURCES PREPAREDNESS.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2…)
This executive order states that the President alone has the authority to take over all resources in the nation (labor, food, industry, etc.) as long as it is done “to promote the national defense” — a phrase so vague that it could mean practically anything.
That executive order grants the President the power to seize all forms of communications, production, natural resources, transportation, energy and much more. It was invoked by Barack Obama with a plan to hand that power to future President Hillary Clinton, who would invoke the emergency powers to declare a national emergency over “gun violence,” followed by nationwide gun confiscation and mass arrests of conservative journalists.
Notably, Barack Obama declared that executive order “as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States,” setting up the precedent for military action to address whatever national emergency was subsequently declared. What Obama didn’t realize, of course, is that the American people would reject a Clinton presidency and elect an anti-establishment President who wants to protect America rather than gutting it. Thus, all the executive powers and military precedent declared by Obama has been inherited by President Trump.
It’s time to unleash the military police to arrest the deep state traitors who are conspiring to destroy America from within
During his national address, President Trump will likely affirm the urgent crisis of illegal aliens crossing a largely unprotected border. He will designate Pentagon budget money to build a wall of some sort, and he will highlight the dereliction of duty by deranged Democrats whose only future lies in recruiting more illegal alien voters via illegal border crossings.
Trump’s invocation of a national emergency to fund the border wall will indicate the beginning of the new war to defend America against traitors and globalists who are desperately trying to occupy and overrun the country in order to destroy its national sovereignty. Tonight’s broadcast is merely the first step in many steps yet to come. Trump is refusing to surrender America to the treachery of Democrats and their globalist controllers, and he is demonstrating that when it comes to the Trump presidency, America comes first.
Naturally, Democrats and the left-wing media will go ballistic as Trump orders the construction of a border wall, and they will ratchet up their efforts to have Trump impeached, assassinated or silenced (by censoring his Twitter account, for example). This will only result in Trump further invoking presidential powers to defend America against the Democrat traitors who despise this great nation and are infuriated when anyone attempts to defend America against an invasion of illegal foreign nationals.
Join me in calling for President Trump to unleash the military police in a nationwide campaign to arrest the treasonous traitors operating within the deep state, the Democrat party and the anti-America propagandists pretending to be “media.” Most of these individuals are communists, and they’re all working for globalists as part of a coordinated conspiracy to collapse our constitutional republic, overrule democracy and oust a duly-elected President.
President Trump needs to know that We the People are able to and ready to help defend this nation against the enemies within. “All enemies, foreign and domestic” must be opposed by the American people… by every available means. As I recently wrote on Trump.news:
It’s time to activate the military police and hand them a list of the deep state traitors who have attempted to carry out a treasonous political coup rooted in illegal government spying under President Obama, the falsification of “evidence” used to deceive the FISA court, witness tampering by Robert Mueller, illegal leaks by James Comey, official corruption by Hillary Clinton, and multiple acts of treason against America approved by Obama and dutifully carried out by Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Arrest the deep state traitors, indict them for crimes against America and prosecute them.
As I also pointed out in that story, it’s time for real America to arrest and prosecute the CEOs of the evil tech giants; root out the anti-American communists pretending to be journalists; arrest and eliminate the domestic terrorism recruitment “professors” operating in universities; purge all deep state operatives from government and imprison them for life.
It has taken two years for the American people to really wake up and see the level of treason being committed by the deep state, the CIA-run media, anti-Trumpers (like McCain) and the deranged, lawless Democrats. But now the American people are increasingly aware of what’s really at stake. They see how American has been targeted for destruction by the treacherous Democrats, and they are ready to take a stand to defend America at all costs.
We are willing to fight to defend America, and every former or current member of the armed forces, police departments and sheriff’s departments has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. It will soon be time to make good on that oath. America must defend herself or she will be “suicided” by the Democrats.
We are blessed to have Trump as President… a man willing to fight for survival against an onslaught of deception, tyranny and destruction of the deranged Left and its globalist controllers.
Watch Trump’s address tonight and be awed by what real courage looks like. America shall be defended. The American people will not surrender to left-wing lunacy, open borders tyranny and globalist rule.