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Is Donald Trump Going Full Neocon in Syria?

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisors seem to be signaling.

Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too.”

In a front-page story Monday, “Assad is Planning Chlorine Attack, U.S. Says,” the Wall Street Journal reported that, during a recent meeting, “President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib.”

Idlib contains three million civilians and refugees and 70,000 rebels, 10,000 of whom are al-Qaeda.

Friday, the Washington Post reported that Trump is changing U.S. policy. America will not be leaving Syria any time soon.

The 2,200 U.S. troops in Syria will remain until we see “the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces and the establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians.”

“We are not in a hurry to go,” said James Jeffrey, the retired Foreign Service officer brought back to handle the Syria account. “The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year.”

President Obama had a red line against Syria’s use of poison gas, which Trump enforced with bombing runs. Now we have a new red line. Said Jeffrey, the U.S. “will not tolerate an attack. Period.”

In an editorial Friday, the Post goaded Trump, calling his response to Assad’s ruthless recapture of his country “pathetically weak.” To stand by and let the Syrian army annihilate the rebels in Idlib, said the Post, would be “another damaging abdication of U.S. leadership.”

What Trump seems to be signaling, the Post demanding, and Jeffrey suggesting, is that, rather than allow a bloody battle for Idlib province to play out, the United States should engage Russian and Syrian forces militarily and force them to back off.

On Friday, near the U.S. garrison at Tanf in southern Syria close to Iraq, U.S. Marines conducted a live-fire exercise. Its purpose: warn Russian forces to stay away. The Americans have declared a 35-mile zone around Tanf off-limits. The Marine exercise followed a Russian notification, and U.S. rejection, of a plan to enter the zone in pursuit of “terrorists.”

Is Trump ready to order American action against Russian and Syrian forces if Assad gives his army the green light to take Idlib? For the bombing of Idlib has already begun.

What makes this more than an academic exercise is that Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at a meeting in Tehran last Friday, told President Erdogan of Turkey that the reconquest of Idlib is going forward.

Erdogan fears that the Syrian army’s recapture of Idlib would send hundreds of thousands more refugees streaming to his border. Turkey already hosts millions of refugees from Syria’s civil war.

Yet the massing of the Syrian army near Idlib and the Russian and Syrian bombing suggest that the Assad-Putin-Rouhani coalition has decided to accept the risk of a clash with the Americans in order to bring an end to the rebellion. If so, this puts the ball in America’s court.

Words and warnings aside, is Trump prepared to take us into the Syrian civil war against forces who, absent our intervention, will have won the war? When did Congress authorize a new war?

What vital U.S. interest is imperiled in Idlib, or in ensuring that all Iranian forces and Shiite allies are removed, or that a “non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the international community” is established in Damascus?

With these conditions required before our departure, we could be there for eternity.

The Syrian civil war is arguably the worst humanitarian disaster of the decade. The sooner it is ended the better. But Assad, Russia, and Iran did not start this war. Nor have they sought a clash with U.S. forces whose mission, we were repeatedly assured, was to crush ISIS and go home.

Trump has struck Syria twice for its use of poison gas, and U.S. officials told the Journal that Assad has now approved the use of chlorine on the rebels in Idlib. Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.

Many in this Russophobic city would welcome a confrontation with Putin’s Russia, even more than they would a war with Iran. But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.

Such an outcome would represent a triumph of the never-Trumpers and President Trump relinquishing of his foreign policy to the interventionists and neoconservatives.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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#1 Comment By Fred Bowman On September 10, 2018 @ 10:55 pm

Well Pat how come you’re surprise Trump might take this action? Trump has always told people what they want to hear. But that don’t mean he intends to do what he says. Don’t blame the Neo-Cons, Trump has always been more than willing to believe their sweet nothings. On a sadder note, this could catalysis that starts the next World War. Wonder what all the Trump supporters will think if this happens and it become necessary to revive a “military draft”? Could get ugly real quick.

#2 Comment By JimDandy On September 11, 2018 @ 2:18 am

Has there been a more significant tragedy in our nation’s history than the strange case of Progressives allying themselves with the Neocons out of sheer bitterness towards Trump? I guess the answer to that question is To Be Determined. If this ludicrous, suicidal exercise in spite leads to WWIII and nuclear war, I’ll go out on a limb and say that the answer is: No, this takes the cake.

#3 Comment By Mason Dixon Line On September 11, 2018 @ 2:39 am

Trump isn’t “suddenly” doing this, Mr. Buchanan. You’ve been hoping against hope, I think, but many of us already feel betrayed by Trump’s failure to end the wars and get us out of the Middle East.

When he hired Bolton and promoted Pompeo, this was in the cards. You don’t hire Bolton to calm things down and get things working. He’s a human wrecking ball, and he’s started to wreck things. Similarly, you don’t promote a torture enthusiast out of the CIA like Pompeo to be Secretary of State if you’re trying to heal wounds and build bridges. You hire him to support the Saudi and Israeli civilian and child killers to the hilt. On Syria they are in complete accord. Sit there forever. Why? Because Israel and Saudi Arabia told them to.

#4 Comment By Kent On September 11, 2018 @ 6:34 am

Somehow I don’t think the US has enough forces to stop an attack on Idlib. There would be nothing more humiliating than Trump telling the tiny US troops to halt the invasion only to watch them get wiped out in a few days.

#5 Comment By Christian Chuba On September 11, 2018 @ 6:54 am

“Idlib contains three million civilians and refugees and 70,000 rebels, 10,000 of whom are al-Qaeda.”

10,000 Al Qaeda? That’s a mistranslation of the Arabic. There are 10,000 Angelic Freedom Fighters.

The U.S. must dictate the course of events because bombs always fall in other countries. Our air force goes where it wants and other Jets are shot down and it will always be that way and we will never have to question our ability to pass final judgment in foreign lands within hours of events that we encourage. And mid-level govt bureaucrats in the U.S. are more powerful than heads of states in other countries and can issue threats with impunity and commit us to war without the truthfulness of their statements being questioned because we are the United States. We are the almighty, all powerful, and will always be revered as long as we take lethal action against other countries. God is pleased with us.

#6 Comment By Michael Kenny On September 11, 2018 @ 8:33 am

As always, Mr Buchanan’s principal fear is that Trump won’t capitulate to Putin. Trump needs a war to validate his presidency and the only war worth fighting is a war on Putin. That would kill Russiagate stone dead and all of Trump’s other troubles are spinoffs from Russiagate. Putin is irreversibly bogged down in Syria and simply has to take whatever the US dishes up to him. A re-launch of the war in Syria would make a very useful “October surprise” for Trump and would probably win him the midterms. Trump is desperate enough to clutch at that ultimate straw.

#7 Comment By Kurt Gayle On September 11, 2018 @ 10:03 am

Philip Giraldi writes this morning: “Taking the president, the U.N. Ambassador, the Israeli Prime Minister and the U.S. Special Representative for Syria at their words, it would appear that the Washington Establishment and its Israeli manipulators have narrowed the options for dealing with Syria and its regional supporter Iran to either war or war. Add to that the closing time window for doing something to ameliorate the Trump Administration’s panic over the impending midterm election, and it would seem that there is a certain inevitability regarding the process whereby the United States military will again be on the march in the Middle East.”

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#8 Comment By SDS On September 11, 2018 @ 10:06 am

“But that is the opposite of what candidate Trump promised.”

….How often do you have to see this to recognize the obvious, Pat?

#9 Comment By Johann On September 11, 2018 @ 10:14 am

This reminds me of the end of the Sri Lankan civil war between the Senhalese and the Tamils. The government had reduced the Tamil Tiger territory to a pocket along the coast and was preparing its final attack to wipe out the rebels. The west went nuts. But thankfully, the Sri Lankan government went ahead with the attack and the war and the killing was finally over.

What is it with the globalist neocon/neoliberal desire for these wars to grind on and on? That is how the body count really grows.

And besides. We are on the wrong side in Syria. Assad is a dictator but he rules over Alawites, Sunnis, Christians, and Druze. If the rebels win there will be true genocide of all who are not radical Sunni jihadists. Democracy is the god that failed in the middle east.

#10 Comment By bbkingfish On September 11, 2018 @ 10:28 am

What the hell did you think that huge increase in military appropriations in the Trump budget was all about, Pat? And all those arms sales to “our friends the Saudis,” and all the other usual suspects?

Trump is doing the opposite of what he promised, and you’re surprised?

This magazine truly is circling the bowl.

#11 Comment By Christian Chuba On September 11, 2018 @ 11:12 am

@Michael Kenny, so you hate Putin so much that you want us to protect Al Qaeda in N. Syria.

What have the Syrians ever done to you that you would inflict Sharia law on them and keep their country fractured into small pieces. Is it all just to spite Putin. Syria is not Iraq. Unlike Iraq, Syria has both Iranian and Russian forces co-located with them. A large attack against Syria has larger stakes, both Iran and Russia have some pretty good weapons.

I’d love to give all of the hawks all the weapons they want to form a volunteer brigade to liberate Crimea if the wish but learn Russian first. It’s what they speak over there.

#12 Comment By john On September 11, 2018 @ 11:49 am

Trump needs a distraction, he is going to bomb somebody, he is just trying to figure out who is weakest. Syria is a good candidate. I expect as before it will mostly be for show.

#13 Comment By Mark B. On September 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

It is in the interest of Israel and Saudi-Arabia to have Iranian forces forcefully removed from Syria and/or drive a wig between Russia and Iran.

So it is also in the interest of Jared & Ivanka to have Iranian forces forcefully removed from Syria and/or drive a wig between Russia and Iran.

So Daddy delivers as he has done before (embassy in Jerusalem, cutting aid to Pals, supporting saudi warcrimes in Yemen).

#14 Comment By Stephen J. On September 11, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

The Donald, I believe has joined the War Criminals. America and its “allies” are in Syria illegally.
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April 8, 2017
“Donald You Fooled Us”

Donald, you were elected into a big White House
Now you are acting like a warmongering louse
Bombing other countries as you think and see fit
Yemen and Syria you have already hit
Donald You Fooled Us

People believed you, when you promoted peace
Now that you are elected the bombings don’t cease
The war criminals are now applauding your dangerous sorties
You sent “59” missiles into Syria: is this your forte?
Donald You Fooled Us

Will nuclear war be your gift to mankind?
Unfortunately if this happens, nobody will be left behind
The destroyed planet will be all aflame
A hellish end to your mad reign
Donald You Fooled Us

You are now in the company of those that support terrorists
Is this what you want? Or do you need a Therapist?
Your credibility is shot, and there is no pun intended
Many of your supporters are now bloody offended
Donald You Fooled Us

You said if elected you would clean and, “Drain the swamp”
Now the swamp residents are now cheering your “pomp”
They know it’s a return to good old “business as usual”
And the people that supported You, are wondering if you’re delusional?
Donald You Fooled Us

People are fed up with double crossing politicians
That are, leading them down the road to perdition
You were believed, and that all this would change
But now, they realize it’s just a dirty political game
Donald You Fooled Us…
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#15 Comment By sglover On September 11, 2018 @ 12:52 pm

Episode #693 in the ongoing comedy, Buchanan Dimly Notices That He Got Suckered Again. What a pathetic creature.

#16 Comment By John Gruskos On September 11, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the entire US political establishment, including the President who ran on the explicitly anti-war slogan “America First”, is eager to fight WWIII, if necessary, to *defend* Al-Qaeda’s greatest stronghold.

This worst of all possible wars for the worst of all possible causes would be *treason* against the American people, pure and simple.

If Stephen Miller is the patriot many of us hope him to be, he will resign rather than be a party to this treason.

Not a single dollar or vote should be given to any Republican who in any way supports a war against the largest European Christian nation and the only two Middle Eastern countries who treat their Christian minorities with dignity, for the purpose of defending the Al-Qaeda fighters of Idlib – no matter how conservative these Republicans may be on other issues such as immigration or cultural conservatism.

On the other hand, extreme support should be given to the handful of conservative Republican patriots who haven’t yet dirtied their hands supporting treasonous neocon wars.

The best possible outcome of the 2018 election would be a smaller but more patriotic Republican Party, battered but standing tall against the Antifa / Neocon Axis of Evil.

#17 Comment By Robert Otis On September 11, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

Shocker, how could you of ever trusted him.

#18 Comment By ukm1 On September 11, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

President Donald J. Trump needs to go.

One-term presidency is enough for an individual like him.

His campaign-promises are as worthy as a diploma from Trumpian University.

Because, if President Donald J. Trump is re-elected there will be wars in Middle East and Far East.

Yes, with a Democrat in the White House, Americans will get Open Border and Free Trade.

But, that is relatively a small price to pay when compared with 6.5 trillion U.S. dollars that President Bush II spent in Iraq mis-adventure alone!

#19 Comment By Kurt Gayle On September 11, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

Tyler Durden writes at Zero Hedge:

“Russian state media channels, in a near simultaneous blitz of information, have issued breaking alerts this morning that anti-Assad insurgents in Idlib have begun filming ‘fake footage of chemical attacks’ based on Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) statements. The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation says the ‘fake footage of chemical attacks’ is expected to be delivered to various TV channels and Western journalists before the end of the day Tuesday.”

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#20 Comment By Clyde Schechter On September 11, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

“Has there been a more significant tragedy in our nation’s history than the strange case of Progressives allying themselves with the Neocons out of sheer bitterness towards Trump?”

Well, the term Progressives includes a broad and heterogeneous group of people. They do not all agree on international affairs; and for reasons that escape me, they really don’t seem to care much about war and peace either way. Most of them are too busy debating the fine points of identity politics and pursuing the domestic culture war.

But the leftists of my stripe would note with dismay that the rest of the left (particularly those who like to use the term Progressives) has in fact been at least acquiescent in neocon foreign policy since long before Trump arrived on the scene. Progressives swallowed the neoconservative Kool-Aid back in the Bill Clinton days.

The only opposition to neoconservative foreign policy in this country has come from the fringes: a few libertarians, a few leftists who are not identity-politics focused, and the realist-conservatives who tend to congregate at this site. But the majority of both the Right and the Left are gung-ho neocons, and have been for decades.

#21 Comment By Stephen J. On September 11, 2018 @ 5:50 pm

Supposedly: “We are a nation of laws.” Yet, we are in Syria illegally. Does hypocrisy rule?
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May 1, 2018
‘A Nation of Laws’

“We are a nation of laws,” their leader said
If his words are true, why are so many people slaughtered and dead?
His nation invaded a number of countries illegally
Now these countries are destroyed and no longer live peacefully

Millions are dead, and millions are homeless
Is his ‘nation of laws’ really atrocious?
Millions are refugees who once had homes
Does his ‘nation of laws’ hear these peoples’ groans?

His ‘nation’ supplies weapons to murderous dictators
It even trains terrorists. Is that not traitorous?
He says they are ‘a nation of laws’ and that sounds good
Yet his ‘nation’ bombs and kills unlawfully; is that not lewd?

His ‘nation’ uses torture and trains torturers
Is this the actions of depraved murderers?
But if they are ‘a nation of laws,’ or so he says
Does his ‘nation’ know the meaning of hypocrisy today?

His and other vassal nations fired missiles into Syria
That is a war crime, despite all their unctuous hysteria
‘A nation of laws’ would not participate in illegal acts
That is a true statement, and those are the facts

He leads a ‘nation’ that really has no shame
Is he mentally challenged or could he be insane?
For no sane person would attempt to hide or disguise
Or explain away the war criminal actions of firing missiles from the skies

His is a ‘nation’ that has other nations in their war gangs
Are they all preparing the world for one last big bang?
Are he and other war criminals really all scofflaws?
Does anyone believe he and his gang lead ‘nations of laws’?…
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#22 Comment By SteveK9 On September 11, 2018 @ 6:50 pm

Anyone that believes that Assad has been using poison gas is a gullible moron. There is an image of Sun Tzu going around the past couple of ‘gas attacks’ with the following text next to an image of his statue, ‘When your enemy is nearly defeated, and final victory is at hand, gas your own people so that nations greater than yours will intervene and destroy you”

-Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Page: Never.

A search will bring it up. Really says it all.

#23 Comment By Stephen J. On September 11, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

Article of interest at link below.
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Filming of staged chemical attack in Syrian Idlib begins – Russian MoD
Published time: 11 Sep, 2018 11:25Edited time: 11 Sep, 2018 17:34
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#24 Comment By EarlyBird On September 11, 2018 @ 7:52 pm

“Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify U.S. intervention.”

That was the very first thing that came to my mind. Trump doesn’t, of course, care about mass death in Idlib. He cares about personally looking tough, and showing that he’s not Obama. That’s the only reason he responded, however tepidly, to the Assad’s previous gas attacks. He’s so transparent that anyone who is interested in getting the US deeper into that sand pit knows to use this tactic. If a US missile strike in response to a gas attack kills Russians or Iranians in a significant quantity, we’ll know that it was a set-up.

#25 Comment By Christian Chuba On September 11, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

Attacking Trump is fiddling while Rome burns.

Yes. Trump might indeed be one of the long parade of fools but the bureaucracy that is leading Trump astray now is the same bureaucracy the let GWB and the same bureaucracy that will lead the next President.

I just don’t get the partisan view that so many are taking.

God. I wish that I had the chance to vote for Bernie Sanders.

#26 Comment By computationally challenged On September 11, 2018 @ 9:04 pm

In US-led wars, civilians die. In RF-led wars, civilians die.

Ergo: The two annul each other as legitimate casus belli.

In Syria, the US goes to bat for a sectarian al Qaeda, almost to the day of 9/11 and for whom genocide is to them, a religious duty.

In Syria, the RF goes to bat for a secular Assad, for whom secularism actually means something.

Something seriously fails to compute. Why again do we do what we do, America?

#27 Comment By Stephen J. On September 11, 2018 @ 9:44 pm

Is a Big War Coming. See Link Below.
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11 September 2018 1:00 PM
Please write to your MP now without delay – War, terrible war, may be on the way again.
WMD All Over Again: Our Government moves stealthily towards a new war of choice.
By Peter Hitchens
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#28 Comment By JEinCA On September 11, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

I think Trump knows the stakes. He met with Putin. I’m sure Putin told him that an attack om Russian military personnel would not go unanswered. The Russians aren’t playing games. My only hope is that Trump or someone within his administration can restrain the Neocons. If not, God help us.

#29 Comment By Hound of Ulster On September 11, 2018 @ 10:59 pm

Pat, and by extension everyone else here, you will NEVER get non-interventionist foreign policy from the Right, but from the internationalist forces on the Left that you despise so much for other reasons.

Nobody at Daily Kos and other Leftish outlets is talking as if they want a war in Syria, much less with Russia. And the pro-interventionist wing of the Democrats is rapidly decking in influence after Hillary Clinton’s defeat at Trump’s hands. And no, passing a sanctions regime against Russia for it’s alleged behavior during the 2016 election is not the same thing as declaring war, no matter what those fools at unz.com would have you believe.

#30 Comment By Anthony M. On September 12, 2018 @ 1:25 am

Anti-war lefty here, just saying I’m with you guys. Iran and Russia have full legal rights to help their ally defend its own territory… I don’t understand any argument to the contrary.

#31 Comment By America Last On September 12, 2018 @ 7:58 am

Answer to question is obviously “yes”. The Trump foreign policy is a neocon foreign policy. In other words nothing for America, everything for Israel and Israel’s new pal, Saudi Arabia.

#32 Comment By TR On September 12, 2018 @ 10:42 am

Kurt Gayle: Many thanks for the link to P. Giraldi’s article. Mr. Giraldi is much missed in these pages.

#33 Comment By PAX On September 12, 2018 @ 10:44 am

The best solution for the Midterms would be an honest debate on what role Israel in main, and Saudi Arabia, somewhat lesser, play in American policy formulations. The question: Do they help or hurt the U.S.? I believe their continual and callous meddling hurts the U.S.

#34 Comment By Liam On September 12, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

There will be no such debate now that Trump has clearly cast his dependency on white evangelical Christians as the core of his base.

None of this should be a surprise to anyone who paid attention.

#35 Comment By pax On September 12, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

Please bring Phil Giraldi back. He is a breath of fresh air in our PH7 society

#36 Comment By John Gruskos On September 12, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

Liam,

There is nothing necessarily neocon about evangelical Christianity.

The constituencies which send Rand Paul, Jimmy Duncan, Walter Jones, Thomas Massie and Justin Amash to congress are all disproportionately evangelical Christian, compared to the United States as a whole.

The real neocon influence on Trump comes from his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his largest donor Sheldon Adelson, not the humble folks of flyover country.

#37 Comment By John Gruskos On September 12, 2018 @ 5:33 pm

“Nobody at Daily Kos and other Leftish outlets is talking as if they want a war in Syria, much less with Russia.”

Obama didn’t talk as if he wanted war in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine when he was running in 2008, but that is what he gave us.

From a foreign policy perspective, not only is Trump better than Obama; even another neocon establishment Republican president in the mold of George W. Bush would be better than Obama, for at least two reasons:

1. Globalists and Cultural Marxists (and the communications platforms they control) would at least *pretend* to be anti-war while the Republican is president, if for no other reason than to give themselves a pretext to vent their hatred towards White evangelicals. Genuine anti-war arguments might have a chance to reach the public amidst the avalanche of venomous snark.

2. Unlike Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who respectively bombed Serbia and Libya without congressional authorization, Bush asked for congressional authorization before invading Iraq, forcing lawmakers to go on record. This had the benefit of forever keeping Senator Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

#38 Comment By Myron Hudson On September 12, 2018 @ 6:18 pm

… is the Pope Catholic?

Contra John Gruskos: Kushner and Adelson aside, evangelicals do buy into the neocon agenda – not necessarily the neocons themselves – because of Israel, and the Second Coming. That goes way deep. As far back as my own childhood religious upbringing, and it probably didn’t start just then. A better way of looking at it is that the neocons are just tools, too.

#39 Comment By Old West On September 12, 2018 @ 6:18 pm

If Trump thinks that dutifully bombing Syria (or anyone else) will get the Never-Trumpers and neo-cons to suddenly start liking and defending him (let alone the liberal media, then he is truly delusional.

I personally think he will ultimately stick with his instincts. He has to know that his anti-war rhetoric got him a lot of votes he otherwise wouldn’t have earned.

#40 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On September 14, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

The original figure of Donald Trump could lead his own party. Comparing Donald Trump with neocons would be too ordinary. I do not feel the military threat emanating from this leader. The person understands the sense in modern skyscrapers, and apparently wants that his country looked like his luxury airliner. How big a war will contribute to these tasks is a big question.
The Russians know a lot about war. The attractiveness of war is not a gloss.
Heroism, self-depreciation, patriotism, military brotherhood are so deep forms of human behavior that war is something. that can occur regardless of a person’s consciousness.
Nevertheless, a day before major military maneuvers with the involvement of 300,000 troops, Vladimir Putin spoke at the Far Eastern Economic Forum that President Trump is a brave, resourceful politician looking for new approaches to complex political problems.
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At the end of the maneuvers, Putin thanked the servicemen from China, Russia and Mongolia for good service. He noted that Russia does not and can not have aggressive plans, but the task of servicemen is to maintain peace and stability in the Eurasian space, as well as to protect the national interests of Russia and its allies.

#41 Comment By Michael Leggett On September 18, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

What are Neocons? They are of the Philosophy of Perpetual Revolution of the Branch of Marxism as espoused by Zev Bronstein under the name of Leon Trotsky.
Neocons are Rebranded Marxists who believe in continuous wars while adopting Free Market Capitalism. These are NoCons(Not Conservatives), not Neo Conservatives. Neoconservatism was brought to life by CCNY Graduate Irving Kristol. At City College of New York, there were two factions of Jewish Marxists. Alcove A was Home to The Stalinists & Alcove B was Home to The Perpetual Revolution School of Leon Trotsky. Irving Kristol was a member of Alcove B.
So basically, Today’s Neocons are true to their Troskyite Roots in pushing for Regime Change.
What I do notice is that Christians(Eastern Catholics & Orthodox)may be the target along with the Alouite Moslems from the Wahabbi Saudis & Secularist Israelis.