It seems the US is gearing up for another major military engagement in the Middle East. This time it’s with the nation of Iran. Been seeing this coming for ages. Ever since Trump took America out of the Iran nuclear treaty, I could see the gears turning. Conservative America has been itching for this for a LONG time. As far back as I can remember after 9/11, conservative America has been demanding this. It’s bone-dead terrifying, to me.
TJ Kirk once said that it isn’t the fact that America is bad at war, because we’re not. This is true. We destroyed the Iraqi Army in three weeks. What America sucks at is nation-building after war. During Operation Desert Storm, they were smart. They went in, blew shit up, and then left. That’s a good tactic. It’s the tactic we should have taken after 9/11, but for whatever reason, the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations have decided that they want our troops to stick around and get blown up. Because that’s all they’ve been doing.
Our current wars in the Middle East are 18 years old. If they were a person, they would be old enough to drive a car. Old enough to have lost their virginity. Everyone assumed these wars would pop their cherry with Venezuela. However, our efforts to destabilize things didn’t work out the way we hoped, and we had to walk it back. Not fight yet-another proxy war with Russia, and to a lesser extent China. But nope! America has decided to pop these wars’ cherry on something much more intense – a nuclear-equipped nation.
It will be a first. America has had a cold war with one nuclear-equipped power for years. It was calming down and things were getting back to normal, but now that cold war is back, with Putin not being the puppetmaster of Trump that people were hoping for. Instead, the two are having more and more troop build-up around Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, America is starting a cold war with yet-another nuclear-equipped superpower – China. This is the one that freaks me out. See, Russia’s biggest problem back in the day was that their Communist government was so convinced of their superiority that they didn’t realize they were falling behind in the nuclear war game. China has no such issue. They are working very diligently to make sure their military is top-of-the-line. What’s more, they are doing so at a fraction of the cost that America is. And as a report from National Defense Strategy points out, a war with Russia and/or China is one that America could very-well lose.
So our country will do more proxy-wars with these countries. As stupid and asinine as Trump is, at least he isn’t crazy enough to pick a fight with these people. It’s just more saber-rattling. But we are more than happy to make threats against nations who we don’t have to worry about things like losing to. In fact, if the Twitter wars Trump has gotten into with foreign leaders is any indication, we love doing it.
Which brings us back to Iran. This conflict would be a first. A war with a nuclear-equipped enemy, who we have been baiting and baiting for months now. This country is desperate to have them make the first move. They swore up and down that it was Iran who attacked the oil tanker, but that reeked of Gulf of Tonkin bullshit. There was the drone being shot at, which is the closest we got. The brushfires of war are burning hot, and getting hotter every day.
Congress says that they will not give approval for this, but since when has that stopped Trump from acting? He’s just gonna do what he does – declare a “national emergency” and then use that as pretext for going to war. It’s easy, and hopefully Bernie will use that trick when he gets in office in 2020 (the first debates between him and Biden, which is all it will really be, is gonna be epic) to get things like universal healthcare on the table. There will be lots of yelling and what-not, but in the end, it’s just gonna happen. The way it always does. Conservative America has been itching for this for forever. Just like with the other wars in the Middle East, it isn’t like any of their kids are going to be at risk of getting killed in action. They want to send other people’s children to do their fighting for them. Brave “patriots” that they are.
It’s starting to look like the inmates run the asylum. It really, really is. Between America doing everything they can to damage the environment more (look up the term “freedom molecules.” I cannot believe that isn’t satire), and picking fights with every nation that Trump can get pissy with, you start to wonder who has their hands on the wheel of this country. Meanwhile, we have corporate owners in positions of power in America. Drain the swamp? A crock of BS. Lies from Trump that his rabid, unshakeable fanbase couldn’t possibly care less about. In their eyes Trump is playing some big, elaborate game that he is winning.
After all, he triggered the libs! Look at that non-gender-specific person falling to their knees and screaming “NOOOOO!” Yeah, that did make for some amusing reactions. Turned into a meme now. But the truth of the matter is that all of that is just window dressed. Trump is a fucking looney tune. I don’t think he should be impeached, because he hasn’t done anything worthy of the usage, but I do think that his base is the biggest bunch of sycophants I have ever seen.
In the meantime, we are facing down the barrel of another costly, stupid, utterly unnecessary war. This time, it’s with an enemy who can blow our troops up with nuclear weapons. And with so many ships parked outside their door, it ain’t like they don’t have plenty of targets to pick from. How many young people will die needlessly because Trump wants a war of his own to slap on his legacy?
Until next time, a quote,
“God help us.” – Bill Moyers