America’s Lengthening Enemies List

U.S soldiers execute a fire mission to support Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counteroffensive in northern Iraq, Dec. 24, 2016. About two months later, Iraqi forces with coalition assistance have launched the operation to liberate western Mosul -- the last ISIS stronghold in the city. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
U.S soldiers execute a fire mission to support Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counteroffensive in northern Iraq, Dec. 24, 2016. About two months later, Iraqi forces with coalition assistance have launched the operation to liberate western Mosul — the last ISIS stronghold in the city. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Friday, deep into the 17th year of America's longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar.

The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle.

“As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to soar on Sunday,” The Wall Street Journal reported, “hospitals were spilling over with dead bodies, corpses lay in Ghazni's streets, and gunfire and shelling were preventing relatives from reaching cemeteries to bury their dead.”

In Yemen Monday, a funeral was held in the town square of Saada for 40 children massacred in an air strike on a school bus by Saudis or the UAE, using U.S.-provided planes and bombs.

“A crime by America and its allies against the children of Yemen,” said a Houthi rebel leader.

Yemen is among the worst humanitarian situations in the world, and in creating that human-rights tragedy, America has played an indispensable role.

The U.S. also has 2,000 troops in Syria. Our control, with our Kurd allies, of that quadrant of Syria east of the Euphrates is almost certain to bring us into eventual conflict with a regime and army insisting that we get out of their country.

As for our relations with Turkey, they have never been worse.

President Erdogan regards our Kurd allies in Syria as collaborators of his own Kurdish-terrorist PKK. He sees us as providing sanctuary for exile cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan says was behind the attempted coup in 2016 in which he and his family were targeted for assassination.

Last week, when the Turkish currency, the lira, went into a tailspin, President Trump piled on, ratcheting up U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel. If the lira collapses and Turkey cannot meet its debt obligations, Erdogan will lay the blame at the feet of the Americans and Trump.

Which raises a question: How many quarrels, conflicts and wars, and with how many adversaries, can even the mighty United States sustain?

In November, the most severe of U.S. sanctions will be imposed on Iran. Among the purposes of this policy: Force as many nations as possible to boycott Iranian oil and gas, sink its economy, bring down the regime.

Iran has signaled a possible response to its oil and gas being denied access to world markets. This August, Iranian gunboats exercised in the Strait of Hormuz, backing up a regime warning that if Iranian oil cannot get out of the Gulf, the oil of Arab OPEC nations may be bottled up inside as well. Last week, Iran test-fired an anti-ship ballistic missile.

Iran has rejected Trump's offer of unconditional face-to-face talks, unless the U.S. first lifts the sanctions imposed after withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

With no talks, a U.S. propaganda offensive underway, the Iranian rial sinking and the economy sputtering, regular demonstrations against the regime, and new sanctions scheduled for November, it is hard to see how a U.S. collision with Tehran can be avoided.

This holds true as well for Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Last week, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia for its alleged role in the nerve-agent poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury.

Though the U.S. had already expelled 60 Russian diplomats for the poisoning, and Russia vehemently denies responsibility — and conclusive evidence has not been made public and the victims have not been heard from — far more severe sanctions are to be added in November.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is warning that such a U.S. move would cross a red line: “If … a ban on bank operations or currency use follows, it will amount to a declaration of economic war. … And it will warrant a response with economic means, political means and, if necessary, other means.”

That the sanctions are biting is undeniable. Like the Turkish lira and Iranian rial, the Russian ruble has been falling and the Russian people are feeling the pain.

Last week also, a U.S. Poseidon reconnaissance plane, observing China's construction of militarized islets in the South China Sea, was told to “leave immediately and keep out.”

China claims the sea as its national territory.

And North Korea's Kim Jong Un apparently intends to hold onto his arsenal of nuclear weapons.

“We're waiting for the North Koreans to begin the process of denuclearization, which they committed to in Singapore and which they've not yet done,” John Bolton told CNN last week.

A list of America's adversaries here would contain the Taliban, the Houthis of Yemen, Bashar Assad of Syria, Erdogan's Turkey, Iran, North Korea, Russia and China — a pretty full plate.

Are we prepared to see these confrontations through, to assure the capitulation of our adversaries? What do we do if they continue to defy us?

And if it comes to a fight, how many allies will we have in the battles and wars that follow?

Was this the foreign policy America voted for?


About Patrick J. BuchananPat 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.

13
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
10 Comment threads
3 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
tomcatWild BillWilliam H FenderJOHNMarc DV. Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Wild Bill
Guest
Wild Bill

Countries do not have friends. Countries have temporary allies.

tomcat
Guest
tomcat

@ Wild Bill Well said and very accurate. We can trust them as far as we can see them.

JOHN
Guest
JOHN

So interesting to sit back and watch.
Men make plans and God laughs,……..

William H Fender
Guest
William H Fender

Sounds just like a establishment figure head way of thinking. Don’t fight back just let us do whatever we want to do to you. Pat you and people like you are the reason the people of this country voted Trump for president. I for one am sick and tired of being a slave to the government and elites through taxation and price gouging using the stock market. It sounds all to obvious you hate Trump. You sir are wrong.

William H Fender
Guest
William H Fender

I hope Trump wins again

Marc DV.
Guest
Marc DV.

Don’t Forget ! We Have a Possible
Civil War Brewing at Home !
Due to Uncontrolled Illegal Immigration .
We Have Millions of Possible enemies Already ,
Behind Our Lines .
We Need to Shore Up Our Own Borders First !
And Leave Other Countries to Their Own Problems .

Mott D Dorn
Guest
Mott D Dorn

“air strike on a school bus by Saudis or the UAE, using U.S.-provided planes and bombs.” This is like blaming Ford or GM for YOUR car crash! The US did not do it.

Bud
Guest
Bud

We need to quit trying to police the whole world. We have yet to establish a democracy in any of these countries either by military or economic pressure. And typically they use our resources and stab us in the back at the first opportunity. Our habit of sending our troops into harm’s way to lose lives and then come home with nothing gained is insane. If we must fight, do it to decisively win. If men have to die make it count for something.

tomcat
Guest
tomcat

@ Bud I surely agree with what you write. We need to put our country first and leave the rest to get by the best way they can. Some of these wars, in the past, have been started to boost our economy and put more people to work. That is a very bad reason to get our people killed.

Ron
Guest
Ron

As usual Mr. Buchanan you are on the money! Ignore these Nay Sayers. They aren’t very well informed.
Thanks for your commentaries!

Kenny Clement
Guest
Kenny Clement

how much did they pay you fo write this article, sir ?
you are usually spot on but, not this time.

Matt
Guest
Matt

Works for me, Pat.

Charles Valenzuela
Guest
Charles Valenzuela

Yes. It is the policy that I voted for, Pat, and I wouldn’t vote for YOU to be dog-catcher since you seem to think that animals should be allowed to do whatever they please.