Their tutorial of the new president had backfired, even though they’d shown Trump lots of slides with pictures of dollar signs on them and spoke in real estate terms, keeping things at a remedial level. Trump repeatedly interrupted his benevolent tutors and questioned why the U.S. is still in Afghanistan, the nation’s longest war. He questioned why the U.S. has nearly a thousand bases all over the world. He said the U.S. military is apparently everywhere, but winning nowhere. He said our NATO allies, although they’ve consistently supported our illegal, genocidal regime-change wars, don’t pay their dues. They’re in “arrears!”

The generals proceeded to hang their heads, stare and blink, trying not to weep, and privately — after Trump left the room — they decried the fact that the man-child president *actually* wants to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, Syria, and South Korea, and close some of the Pentagon’s 800+ military bases around the world… which could significantly slow the gravy train for Raytheon, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and the gang.

“This irascible moron wants to scale down the empire, make nice with our rivals, and end our holy Global War of Terror???” (The horror… the horror.)

Time to start leaking like sieves to the press, they always promote our empire’s wars!

Trump is no peacenik, and he just risked a major, disastrous war with Iran with his illegal assassination of Gen. Soleimani, a state actor and frequent U.S. strategic ally. He’s also let the generals and his reprehensible advisers talk him into keeping troops in Syria and Afghanistan, prolonging the unending nightmare for the citizens of those nations. He’s also committed a raft of war crimes, killing tens of thousands of people — unlike his three immediate predecessors, who killed *literally* millions of people, mostly civilians:

The only thing more astonishing than Trump’s behavior is the military-worshiping tone of the “journalists” who wrote this godawful mess of an article. I think they actually genuflect and wet themselves every time they see a general.

James O’Donnell
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