“Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!” – Donald Trump tweet 8-18-17
Have you ever asked yourself why? Why there is an Al-Qaeda, why there is an ISIS? Why we continue to spill American blood in Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and Iraq? Why are we at war? Who are we at war with? What are we protecting? What are we defending? What are our goals in the Middle East?
Since 1980, the United States has invaded, occupied and/or bombed at least 14 different Muslim countries. We have sacrificed thousands of American lives and spent trillions of dollars for what, to solve the problems in the Middle East? The only problem that I can discern is staring back at us in the mirror. The United States is the problem, we created Al-Qaeda and we created ISIS.
Why are we in the Middle East? In the beginning it was about securing oil, then it was about “stealing” Israel, now it is about protecting corporate interest in oil and defending the Jewish stranglehold over Israel on behalf of Evangelical Christians. The “problems” the United States has and have in the Middle East are all self-inflicted. We have created, and perpetuated them over the last century and a half and sadly we can’t figure a way out and honestly at this point the time for a graceful exit has long since passed.
Fear. Fear sales, fear generates votes, fear raises money, and creates a blind loyalty and Donald Trump knows that. Tweets like the one above build on that fear and position Trump, with older, working class, white people as the only one that can save us. Remember his inaugural address? “Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Fear, no hope, just fear.
Yes we have a Middle East problem but we are the problem, America is the problem and Donald Trump can’t afford to fix the problem. What would he have to Tweet about?
If you are the wife or the husband, the mother or the father, the aunt or the uncle or just a friend of one our soldiers who lost their life in the Middle East, I am truly sorry. I in no way intended to diminish their patriotism or their service to our country. I just don’t understand what they gave their life for, and neither does our President.
“I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never, ever let you down.” – Donald Trump inaugural address