Posted by the author of Rogue Journey, Asia, the way it was 1935-1975; and Vietnam Journey, ten years in the Nam, a family story at war.
Donald Trump’s commencement address at the Naval Academy last Friday was a watershed event, as it again reconfirmed for myself and many others of the president’s militaristic aggressiveness.
In the presentation Trump told the young newly graduated officers “The rebuilding of the military has begun and you are part of the most powerful righteous force on the Planet.” I simply ask this, why is adding additional armed forces to our massive arsenal so vitally necessary? It undoubtedly must be for aggressive purposes, aggression, what else could it mean; the U. S. spends more on defense than the next twenty leading counties in the world….. Combined.
Trump’s address is absolute proof the president and his staff of vipers, Bolton and Pompeo, desire to be imperialist expansionist and dictators. Add to the list Israel’s Netanyahu and Wall Street corporate investors and you have an unbeatable combination of powerful world leaders and the makings of a Nazi like regime that was hatched in the early 1930s. Currently the U. S. is sufficiently politically divided at this moment in history, but Trumpism and its administration of Alt-rights and Neo-cons appear to be taking the edge and winning.
It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to disassemble the three pillars of Trump’s support (Wall Street, the Pentagon, and Israel) that I have written of in past posts and mails. But in the next presidential election it will be the economy and jobs as the mainstay and should there be an economic shortfall, the presidential team will find an issue, or a scapegoat, or possibly a controllable short conventional war to keep the voter patriotically and nationalistically occupied.
With the U. S.’s military power, with its giant economy, and Trump’s egotistical showmanship who is to stop the greedy right-wing administration’s warmongers? Will China, Russia, the E. U. who are fearful of standing up as opposition and doing the right thing. The general public sleeps or hides its head in the sand. I may appear to be an idiot to peek into the future, but give me a break, logically it looks that way. The U. S. is not immune to history and it often more than we like repeats itself.
On this Memorial Day weekend, which has just passed, it should remind one of what has previously transpired and what it could mean for our nation. Sadly, I find a part of it in this World War I verse written by a Canadian medical officer, John McCrae, during the earliest stages of one of the bitterest wars in western history. *The final outcome may be described in these poignant lines:
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks still bravely fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up the our quarrel with the foe:
To you the failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold high.
If you break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep though poppies
Grow in Flanders Fields.
How soon our weak minds fail and we forget. Missiles and rockets are spectacularly launched, but where do they land, and what death and damage do they do? “Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” A copy of this poem and $4.00 will get you an excellent cup of coffee at Starbuck, but don’t go to the one near Mar-a-Logo. Prices have doubled there since Trump became president. (a little fake news here)
All the best to you,
*The U. S. fought for about a year on the western front and suffered 204.000 killed and 320,000 wounded. Why did the U.S finally intervene after years of stating neutrality, they would not commit themselves to a European war? The U. S. had calculated both sides were exhausted and anything could happen; the Germans (the Huns) owed the U. S. nothing, the allies, France and England, owed the U. S. three billion dollars plus. (1918 dollars) If the Germans won there would be NO U. S. compensation.