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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The liberation of Aleppo

After much deliberation (10 nanoseconds), I have come to the conclusion at ridding Aleppo of the Islamic State was a good idea.

Thanks, Vladimir. Liberals hate him because he is not a communist. I am wary, but pragmatic. As is President Trump.

Assad is a dictator, but removing dictators from power is not in our best interest. Lefties can kindly remove Raul Castro before speaking ill of any "right-wing" dictators. We would not have won World War II without Stalin, or shall I say better 12 million Soviets died than 12 million Americans.

Ridding Aleppo of the Islamic State bummed President Obama.

From Zero Hedge:
As Russian forces help liberate the Syrian city of Aleppo this week from a four-year terrorist siege, Washington and Europe step up threats of cyber war and economic aggression with sanctions. That’s no coincidence. It is the response of accomplices bitter in defeat.
Perverse isn’t it? Instead of celebrating with the people of Syria over the liberation of Aleppo from terrorists; instead of sending massive humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of civilians freed after being held under siege for four years by terrorist gangs; instead of commending Russia for its decisive role in restoring peace to Syria’s second biggest city, the US and European Union turn reality on its head and further demonize Moscow.
The perverse behavior by Washington and its European satraps is simply a case of sour grapes. Very sour grapes.
They have been proven spectacularly wrong about Syria. The liberation of Aleppo this week exposes the Western governments and media in their unrelenting falsehoods and systematic complicity in the Syrian war. This was never a pro-democracy uprising. It was a Western-backed criminal regime-change operation that was unleashed in March 2011, and which is now staring at ignominious defeat.
The blood of up to half a million people and many more maimed is on the hands of American and European governments.
Patrick Buchanan wrote this:
The lessons for Trump from the Aleppo disaster?
Do not even consider getting into a new Middle East war — unless Congress votes to authorize it, the American people are united behind it, vital U.S. interests are clearly imperiled, and we know how the war ends and when we can come home.
For wars have a habit of destroying presidencies.
Korea broke Truman. Vietnam broke Lyndon Johnson. Iraq broke the Republican Congress in 2006 and gave us Obama in 2008.
And the Iran war now being talked up in the think tanks and on the op-ed pages would be the end of the Trump presidency.
Before starting such a war, Donald Trump might call in Bob Gates and ask him what he meant at West Point in February 2011 when he told the cadets:
“Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”
Presidents set foreign policy. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution was an invitation for President Eisenhower to confront the Soviet Union militarily.

Eisenhower wisely declined.

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  1. Back when Commentary published Dictatorships and Double Standards, the famous essay by Jeanne Kirkpatrick, in which she justified American support for authoritarian dictators in preference to totalitarian ones on the basis that authoritarian governments were historically more likely to transition to democracy than totalitarian ones, the impact was beneficial in that it gave the next president, Reagan, intellectual diplomatic backing for preventing Cuban/Soviet expansion in South America and elsewhere. Somewhere along the way the lesson of that paper was lost and we began to think that we could implement regime changes with salutary effect at will, and the targets were those same authoritarian governments. Perhaps people began to think that the transition Kirkpatrick was talking about could be sped up, however much this was imminentization of the eschaton, conservative heresy. This was the neocon infection, and many of us, including myself fell for it for a long time. Well, Dr. Trump looks like he plans to cure us of the ailment. About time.

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