President Trump’s despicable immigration ban against seven Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa presents have clear evidence — in case any of you had doubts — that Trump has found common ground with the nutty neocon wing of the Establishment.
I think that Trump still has barriers to cross in solidifying his relationship with the Deep State, but they at least agree on oil extraction through bombs.
Look at the seven countries on Trump’s ban. Don’t they look familiar?
Now recall what former NATO General Wesley Clark said about a Joint Chiefs member who shared America’s 2001 aspirations to invade the following seven Muslim countries:
Does the picture look sharper now?
Lebanon is the only country on the 2001 invasion checklist that’s not on Trump’s immigration ban.
While Gen. Clarke didn’t mention Yemen as an invasion target back then, the US military is currently helping Saudi Arabia fight rebels who seek to topple a Yemeni regime that’s friendly to the West.
All countries on Trump’s list either have or are suspected of possessing significant oil reserves.
The lists’ similarities seem to have a common mama: Project for a New American Century (PNAC) — a neocon think tank where nearly a dozen of its supporters served the Presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan and both Bushes in executive-level positions.
We’re talking about Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Cheney’s Chief of Staff “Scooter” Libby as examples. All of them served under Bush The Second’s administration. Many of PNAC’s principal supporters have ties to the oil industry.
Let’s quickly run through some background before we make an important point about 2017.
In its 2000 publication “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” [pdf download] PNAC outlines basic principles for global American dominance through military strength.
Like increases in post-Cold War military spending.
Regime change in nations not on friendly terms with the US.
Improving the ability to fight multiple wars.
“Homeland Security” overhaul.
Leveraging America’s position as the sole uncontested superpower to change targeted theaters of engagement to a more desired political and moral state.
On that last point, keep in mind the Soviet Union imploded at that time, Russia was trying to regain it’s footing and China was significantly weaker.
I don’t believe Bush The Second invented the Axis of Evil phrase of his infamous State of the Union speech — it came from page four of PNAC’s report.
Wolfowitz also seemed to be quoting the same report when you read Gen. Clarke’s recollection of a conversation about Iraq he had with the former Deputy Defense Secretary:
But one thing we did learn [from the first Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq — before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.
A portion of Wolfowitz’ dreams came true — the US invaded Iraq later.
Cheney, an oil executive, is known for his love of the slick stuff. His remarks about the Middle East just over a year before he became Vice President of the US seem ominous today:
Oil remains fundamentally a government business. While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, the Middle East with two thirds of the world’s oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies, even though companies are anxious for greater access there, progress continues to be slow.
Back to that important point. Give Trump’s list more thought and a startling revelation hits you: the US military has been following the neocon invasion checklist by executing regime change operations in these nations for years, regardless of the political party in office.
Take another look at the nations on Trump’s immigration ban list.
Iran — Bush The Second considered an invasion, supposedly over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The convenient rise of Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria under President Barack Obama’s watch threatened the Iranian regime’s existence and Iranian military to take action. Washington shed no tears over the heavy military losses suffered by Iran. Trump has already indicated that he wants to reopen the Iran file to address the nuclear deal reached with Obama’s administration.
Iraq — invaded by the, and then ISIL was allowed to incubate and break out during the Obama years. The US is now back in Iraq to stabilize matters.
Libya — invaded by the
US NATO, and is now a failed state. ISIL has moved in, which has reengaged the US military.
Somalia — American troops are actively engaged.
Sudan — US troops have quietly moved in.
Syria — I’ve written about this numerous times. Regime change has been a top-of-mind US priority. But even when it appeared that Team Obama was sincere in discussing a political solution to the embattled country’s civil war, the US military sabotaged those plans.
And as mentioned earlier, the US military is currently engaged in Yemen.
So, is Trump’s list simply an ID of immigration ban targets?
Looks more like a pre-war hitlist to me.
America’s interest in the Middle East have been centered on chasing oil and fighting terrorism — with much of the latter representing a direct result of US policy failures.
Trump shares a similarity with other establishment candidates in the way they support mass invasion tours of the Middle East and Africa. Trump presents a huge difference in the way he openly uses domestic bigotry in pursuit of future bloody conflicts overseas.
The third time Trump talked about stealing oil made me feel certain that another invasion is coming:
If we kept [Iraq’s] oil, you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place, so we should have kept the oil, but, OK, maybe we’ll have another chance …
song currently stuck in my head: “crawl” – gabriel garzón montano