Donald Trump, greatly in need of shoring up his badly sagging poll numbers, has decided to pursue the oft traveled path of irrational nationalism, aggressive show of strength. He just bombed a Syrian air base (doing marginal damage as it was back operating in less than 24 hours), and now he is sending an American strike force to the Korean Peninsula. His next move? Perhaps bombing targeted sites in North Korea.
It is becoming increasingly evident that Trump is an impulsive and dangerous man. He either is dangerously naïve or he simply thinks like a person born during the early to mid 20th century. Rather than respecting the sovereignty of nations Trump, like many of his predecessors, desires to judge solely based on western values and then dictate his expectations for their compliance. Failure to acquiesce presumably brings crushing military action that results in the USA left in the position of being able to dictate its desires, without further resistance. In other words force the interests of this nation upon another.
Our founders understood the dangers of becoming involved in foreign conflicts. Former United States Congressman Ron Paul sums it up quite aptly:
The Founding Fathers saw it otherwise. Jefferson summed up the noninterventionist foreign policy position perfectly in his 1801 inaugural address: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.” How many times have we all heard these wise words without taking them to heart? How many champion Jefferson and the Constitution, but conveniently ignore both when it comes to American foreign policy? Washington similarly urged that the US must “Act for ourselves and not for others,” by forming an “American character wholly free of foreign attachments.” Since so many on Capitol Hill apparently now believe Washington was wrong, they should at least have the intellectual honesty to admit it next time his name is being celebrated.
The point here is, isn’t it time we start to allow other sovereign nations to determine there own interests and the form of governance they wish or willing to accept? Putting it as straight forward as possible the governing principle for the United States ought to be, the only justification for the use of force is in response to an act of aggression against our nation and its people. Clearly the military action taken against Syria falls far short of this principle.
Perhaps what is most confusing is the 180 degree reversal that Trump made last week regarding Syria and military action. Note also his views on Iraq and the removal of Saddam in 2003, interesting.
What we have is a POTUS with few if any core values. Given Trump’s impulsive and emotionally driven response to events he is a very dangerous man. One with the ability and power to be the spark to ignite WW III.
On a slightly different but somewhat related situation:
A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea’s advancing weapons program.
Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.
The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity.
“We feel the increased presence is necessary,” the official said, citing North Korea’s worrisome behavior.
The news was first reported by Reuters.
In a statement late Saturday, the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet said the strike group had been directed to sail north, but it did not specify the destination. The military vessels will operate in the Western Pacific rather than making previously planned port visits to Australia, it added.
This year North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea’s founding president and celebrated annually as “the Day of the Sun.”
Earlier this week U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Florida, where Trump pressed his counterpart to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear program.
Trump’s national security aides have completed a review of U.S. options to try to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. These include economic and military measures but lean more toward sanctions and increased pressure on Beijing to rein in its reclusive neighbor.
Although the option of pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea is not off the table, the review prioritizes less-risky steps and de-emphasizes direct military action. (Full story BELOW THE FOLD)