Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

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Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

USA -(Ammoland.com)- The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.”

Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea.

Yet, other than Mattis, President Donald Trump seems to be creating a war cabinet.

Trump himself has pledged to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal — “the worst deal ever” — and reimpose sanctions in May.

John Bolton
John Bolton

His new national security adviser John Bolton, who wrote an op-ed titled “To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran,” has called for preemptive strikes and “regime change.”

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo calls Iran “a thuggish police state,” a “despotic theocracy,” and “the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East.”

Trump's favorite Arab ruler, 32-year-old Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calls Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei “the Hitler of the Middle East.”

Bibi Netanyahu is monomaniacal on Iran, calling the nuclear deal a threat to Israel's survival and Iran “the greatest threat to our world.”

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley echoes them all.

Yet Iran appears not to want a war. U.N. inspectors routinely confirm that Iran is strictly abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal.

While U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf often encountered Iranian “fast attack” boats and drones between January 2016 and August 2017, that has stopped. Vessels of both nations have operated virtually without incident.

What would be the result of Trump's trashing of the nuclear deal?

First would be the isolation of the United States.

China and Russia would not abrogate the deal but would welcome Iran into their camp. England, France and Germany would have to choose between the deal and the U.S. And if Airbus were obligated to spurn Iran's orders for hundreds of new planes, how would that sit with the Europeans?

How would North Korea react if the U.S. trashed a deal where Iran, after accepting severe restrictions on its nuclear program and allowing intrusive inspections, were cheated of the benefits the Americans promised?

Why would Pyongyang, having seen us attack Iraq, which had no WMD, and Libya, which had given up its WMD to mollify us, ever consider given up its nuclear weapons — especially after seeing the leaders of both nations executed?

And, should the five other signatories to the Iran deal continue with it despite us, and Iran agree to abide by its terms, what do we do then?

Find a casus belli to go to war? Why? How does Iran threaten us?

A war, which would involve U.S. warships against swarms of Iranian torpedo boats could shut down the Persian Gulf to oil traffic and produce a crisis in the global economy. Anti-American Shiite jihadists in Beirut, Baghdad and Bahrain could attack U.S. civilian and military personnel.

As the Army and Marine Corps do not have the troops to invade and occupy Iran, would we have to reinstate the draft?

And if we decided to blockade and bomb Iran, we would have to take out all its anti-ship missiles, submarines, navy, air force, ballistic missiles and air defense system.

And would not a pre-emptive strike on Iran unite its people in hatred of us, just as Japan's pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbor united us in a determination to annihilate her empire?

What would the Dow Jones average look like after an attack on Iran?

Trump was nominated because he promised to keep us out of stupid wars like those into which folks like John Bolton and the Bush Republicans plunged us.
After 17 years, we are still mired in Afghanistan, trying to keep the Taliban we overthrew in 2001 from returning to Kabul. Following our 2003 invasion, Iraq, once a bulwark against Iran, became a Shiite ally of Iran.

The rebels we supported in Syria have been routed. And Bashar Assad — thanks to backing from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Shiite militias from the Middle East and Central Asia — has secured his throne.

The Kurds who trusted us have been hammered by our NATO ally Turkey in Syria, and by the Iraqi Army we trained in Iraq.

What is Trump, who assured us there would be no more stupid wars, thinking? Truman and LBJ got us into wars they could not end, and both lost their presidencies. Eisenhower and Nixon ended those wars and were rewarded with landslides.

After his smashing victory in Desert Storm, Bush I was denied a second term. After invading Iraq, Bush II lost both houses of Congress in 2006, and his party lost the presidency in 2008 to the antiwar Barack Obama.

Once Trump seemed to understand this history.

 

Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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It is better to assemble a war cabinet (if there is such a thing) now, rather than wait until war comes to us.

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One thing I hear about John Bolton is that he is a no nonsense, respected cabinet member that will do what is right. Lets see how they handle this problem with Iran, bomb, bomb Iran.

Jim
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Let us not forget that Obama helped finance Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the tune of 150 billion dollars in cash. He should be tried on charges of treason because Iran has declared war on us.

Charlie
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@Pat Buchanan: The War Cabinet being assembled should be a “Civil War Cabinet”. This is where we’re headed…..and soon!

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@Charlie, And this would be a good time, too! Twelve states are sanctuary states. Ca is a declared sanctuary state. Those same states are violating the Constitutional Civil Rights of American citizens utilizing the state legislative process. Those twelve states should be declared in open rebellion,and the governors, legislators, and judges arrested. If they resist, then civil war. This should be done while a conservative administration is in office so that the federal logistics apparatus can be used. If we wait until a liberal administration is in office, they will do it to us, and use federal logistical capabilities against… Read more »

Jim Macklin
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If the Washington Naval Conference worked WWII didn’t happen. If a piece of paper waved by PM Neville Chamberlain worked WWII didn’t happen and Winston Churchill would have been known as the guy who got people killed at Gallipoli .

As the Fonz said in reply to Ritchie ” You have to hit somebody.” To take it further they have to believe you will fight or they won’t back down and negotiate.

A War Cabinet is the way to avid having to fight IF they believe you are prepared for war.
Si vis pacem, para bellum

Marc Disabled Vet
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Marc Disabled Vet

@jim
Good Point !
plus your showing your age har har har

Jim Macklin
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72 and I can remember 70 years clearly. The family had both a World Book Encyclopedia and a Britannica. I read most of each one. I remember when the US Dollar was worth 55 cents and a new Cadillac cost $8,000. So far, the government printing press has caused inflation to te point that teh dollar has now lost 98% of its purchasing power. That 1955 World Book section on WWII said that WWII “cost the United States one trillion dollars.” That was from 1941 to 1946 and included 300,000 airplanes, 15,000 ships including 150 aircraft carriers, several battleships, cruisers,… Read more »

Herman
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Herman

Neocons want war and war it will be but this time it will not be a ground war. It will over in about 45 minutes!

Marc Disabled Vet
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Marc Disabled Vet

It’s Time to Bring our Troops Home !
They can Guard our Borders .
The Security of our own Country is more ,
Urgent than the Middle East . We are Slowly
Depleting our Military’s reserves and supplies .
If a Major Attack happens like it did of WWII ,
We would be Damaged Almost to the point of
no return. Build up our Industries now .So we
don’t have to rely on other Countries for resources .

DJ
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DJ

Next comes conscription. They don’t have the manpower. This time it will be male and female. They will close the draft dodger holes.

Then sent the fat boys to the fat boy company until they got down to weight. Going to be a lot of fat boy companies this time around.

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@DJ…And not a Squirrel hunter among them !

DJ
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Won’t be any Alvin York’s.