Trolling for War with Russia

By Pat Buchanan

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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad.

A “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons,” they claim, “would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”

In brief, to strengthen the hand of our diplomats and show we mean business, we should start bombing and killing Syrian soldiers.

Yet Syria has not attacked us and Congress has not declared war on Syria, or authorized an attack. Where do these State hawks think President Obama gets the authority to launch a war on Syria?

Does State consider the Constitution to be purely advisory when it grants Congress the sole power to declare war? Was not waging aggressive war the principal charge against the Nazis at Nuremberg?

If U.S. bombs and missiles rain down on Damascus, to the cheers of the C-Street Pattons, what do we do if Bashar Assad's allies Iran and Hezbollah retaliate with Benghazi-type attacks on U.S. diplomats across the Middle East? What do we do if Syrian missiles and Russian planes starting shooting down U.S. planes?

Go to war with Hezbollah, Iran and Russia?

Assume U.S. strikes break Syria's regime and Assad falls and flees. Who fills the power vacuum in Damascus, if not the most ruthless of the terrorist forces in that country, al-Nusra and ISIS?

Should ISIS reach Damascus first, and a slaughter of Alawites and Christians ensue, would we send an American army to save them?

According to CIA Director John Brennan, ISIS is spreading and coming to Europe and America. Does it make sense then that we would launch air and missile strikes against a Syrian regime and army that is today the last line of defense between ISIS and Damascus?

Does anyone think these things through?

Wherever, across the Middle East, we have plunged in to wage war — Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria — people continue to suffer and die, and we are ensnared.

Have we not fought enough wars in this Godforsaken region?

Last week, Russian planes launched air strikes on the rebels in Syria whom we have been arming and training to overthrow Assad.

Said John Kerry, “Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite.” But why are we arming rebels to overthrow Assad?

Who rises if he falls? Moscow's alliance with Damascus goes back decades. Syria provides Russia with a naval base in the Mediterranean. Vladimir Putin's support for the embattled Syrian regime in the civil war being waged against it is legal under international law.

It is our policy that appears questionable.

Where did Obama get the right to arm and train rebels to dump over the Damascus regime? Did Congress authorize this insurrection? Or is this just another CIA-National Endowment for Democracy project?

Why are we trying to bring down Assad, anyhow?

U.S. foreign policy today seems unthinking, reactive, impulsive.

Last week, 31,000 NATO troops conducted exercises in Poland and the Baltic republics, right alongside the border with Russia.

For the first time since 1945, German tanks appeared in Poland.

Now we are planning to base four NATO battalions — one U.S.-led, one British, one German, and perhaps one Canadian, as the French and Italians are balking at being part of a tripwire for war.

How would we react if 31,000 Russian, Chinese, Cuban, Iranian and North Korean troops conducted military exercises across from El Paso and Brownsville, Texas?

How would we react if each of those countries left behind a battalion of troops to prevent a repeat of General “Black Jack” Pershing's intervention in Mexico in 1916?

Americans would be apoplectic.

Nor are some Europeans enthusiastic about confronting Moscow.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the NATO exercises “warmongering” and “saber-rattling.” He adds, “Anyone who believes that symbolic tank parades on the alliance's eastern border will increase security is wrong. We would be well-advised not to deliver any excuses for a new, old confrontation.”

Not only is Steinmeier's Social Democratic Party leery of any new Cold War with Russia, so, too, is the German Left Party, and the anti-EU populist party Alternative for Germany, which wants closer ties to Russia and looser ties to the United States.

This month, we sent the USS Porter into the Black Sea. Why? Says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, “to deter potential aggression.”

While there is talk of a NATO Black Sea fleet, Bulgaria, one of the three NATO Black Sea nations, appears to want no part of it.

The European Union also just voted to extend sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting separatists in Ukraine.

Donald Trump calls the NATO alliance a rip-off, a tripwire for World War III and “obsolete.” Hillary Clinton compares Putin's actions in Ukraine to Hitler's actions in Germany in the early 1930s.

Looking for a four-year faceoff with a nuclear-armed Russia?

Hillary's the one!

About the Author:

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

  • 6 thoughts on “Trolling for War with Russia

    1. Jeezum! For once I agree with this guy! None of our rulers,(for I refuse to call them “leaders”) know how to win a war. In my lifetime I have watched the US morph from a republic into an oligarchic empire, just what Ike warned us about. There is still enough residual democracy to express resistance to these endless wars, but that may not last. There is too much money to made with endless wars. Anyway, if you are interested, here is how we won the War…
      1. The President goes to Congress and lays out the danger and requests a declaration of war.
      2. Congress debates the issue and determines whether the danger to the US is such that citizens’ rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness should be put in jeopardy. If they vote for war, then…..
      3. Roll back all prices and wages to two months before the war. Establish the Office of Price Administration (OPA) to manage this. They can also manage rationing.
      4. Establish the draft. Form the biggest armed forces you can, arm them with the best equipment possible.
      5. Have Senator Harry Truman head up a committee to investigate corruption and overcharging in Government contracts.
      6. Engage the enemy. Use maximum force over minimum time. (Von Clauswitz’s book “Am Krieg” tells about that.)
      7. Beat the crap out of ’em.
      8. Establish something like a Marshall Plan and give the survivors a good peace, so it won’t happen again.

      That, children, is how you win a war in a democracy. Not by letting the vice president’s corporation make a $40 Billion profit, doing things for the army that the army used to do for itself.

    2. I am afraid its way too late for even god to save us now.
      Our government has used up our soldiers, our military supplies, Our Jets, bombs, missiles, to the point that we can no longer protect our own country from attacks. And there are idiots in our government demanding we attack Bashar Assad which could very definitely bring Russia, Iran, China and others even closer to declaring war against us. We would fall like a box of rocks.. Our elected leaders have sat back in their fancy offices, homes, retreats while the men and women in our military have been thrown to the wolves time and time again. They have used up our military supplies and never thought to replenish the stock so America can remain protected? One final note before I quit ranting. Crooked Hillary will only make things WORSE.

    3. The magic ni##er continues to demoralize our allies and support the spread of ISIS,while pushing for civilian disarmament at home, while the propaganda arm of progressive socialism, CNN,NBC and the New York Times spread their lies and disinformation to a gullible public. Donald trump may be our last chance to restore our republic and save western civilization.

    4. This is one of the 7 Nations that BO and Hitlary for Prison planned on bringing down and turn into Muslim States! Just more evidence that BO is a Commie/Muslim and hates America along with Hitlary! BO defies Court orders and continues to bring in Millions of Muslim Terrorist! “We the People” and our (not their) Nation is in BIG Trouble…Pray, Prepare and Arm yourselves! God help us, Please!

    5. Bashar Assad is one of the last ‘Middle East Strongmen’ still standing against the “Arab Spring”. Mubarak was undermined in Egypt. Moamar Khadafi was undermined in Libya. Saddam Hussein was undermined in Iraq. Now the entire Middle East is in constant turmoil. These leaders kept the radical elements of their populations in line. Being products of their tribal environments they knew how to keep peace relative to the mayhem that has existed in that area of the world for generations. Thank you George Bush, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. LOL

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