(1) it’s a shame President Trump is shifting to Neocon-style agitprop on Iran, though admittedly he was always hawkish-sounding on Iran during the campaign. I hope sense prevails here, rather than another war in the Middle East.
Trump was elected partly because of his promise to reject Neoconservative militarism and nation-building. This is what made him such a remarkable candidate. He must resist the demands to attack Iran from the usual suspects in the region who hate Iran – namely, Saudi Arabia and Israel – as well as their lobbyists and supporters in the Pentagon or State Department.
(2) by contrast, his comments on Putin deserve praise. Ditching the suicidal hostility to Russia, if done, will be a big roll-back of Neoconservative and liberal interventionist warmongering.
(3) at last we have an honest President who admits the American government is not innocent of bad deeds which kill people:
Amazingly, Trump even condemned the 2003 Iraq war as a horrendous mistake that killed many people, implying that George W. Bush and his administration bear moral responsibility for this, and that the media are hypocrites for saying America shouldn’t have a realistic political engagement with Russia just because Russian governments have committed human rights abuses and crimes in the past.
Isn’t this a rather obvious truth? (I will put aside the obvious criticism that we can also say that the 2003 Iraq war was a deliberate war crime, rather than a “mistake”.)
Of course, the American media went absolutely insane over this comment, with denunciations of Trump left, right and centre for (allegedly) committing the crime of “moral equivalence” – that is, for supposedly saying that America is exactly morally the same as Russia.
Of course, Trump said no such thing, and the media was being disgustingly unfair to him.
(4) it’s great to see Trump promoting re-industrialisation of America through protectionism. I think he may well deliver on his promises here, and, if so, he deserves credit.
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