“DON THE CON”

Our latest “Mr Flip-Flop” in the White House turns his back on election promises and the American people to show his true allegiance – to the plutocrats of the New World Order, like himself, and to Israel

PEACE BE DAMNED… EVEN ON GOOD FRIDAY! (some Christian Trump is)

A Good Friday 2017 Truth in Media Editorial

“DON THE CON” FLIP-FLOPS AGAIN

Our latest “Mr Flip-Flop” in the White House turns his back on election promises and the American people to show his true allegiance – to the plutocrats of the New World Order, like himself, and to Israel

PEACE BE DAMNED… EVEN ON GOOD FRIDAY! (some Christian Trump is)

FOREWORD

On Feb 24, 2016, in its first editorial on US Election 2016, the Truth in Media headline read:

IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A TROJAN HORSE? (of American plutocrats – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl)

Now we can answer the question unequivocally:

YES!!!

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Sometimes you hate to be right. This is one of those times.  Donald Trump is a Trojan Horse of the New World Order. Just like I suspected in Feb 2016.

“Those who deformed us cannot reform us,” I wrote on Feb 24, 2016, read a crude white painted slogan on a Prague wall during the 1989 Velvet Revolution. So the only person who can truly change the corrupt political system in America is an outsider, neither a Democrat or a Republican.”

Anybody but Democrat Republican pig trough-hdrThis is what I also wrote back in Feb 2016:

WHAT TO DO ON NOV 8?

“Bottom line? Vote for any third party candidate who emerges between now and November.

Or don’t vote at all. Which is what the majority of Americans has already done. Over 63% of us boycotted the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1824 (see DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

That’s because voting for either a Democrat or a Republican will only serve to legitimize the New World Order’s electoral farce and tighten the plutocrats’ noose around our collective necks. A silent protest is better than a vote for an oppressor.

What do I think would actually happen?

Trump will get the Republican nomination. And I will sit on my hands again come Nov 8 – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl” (Feb 24, 2016)

Yet I voted for Don the Con.  I allowed myself to be duped by this conman from New York, just like millions of other Americans. For that, I hang my head low in shame and apologize to my readers.

I was right about Trump and about the election outcome. Yet I did not follow my own advice. For the first time in my life, I voted for a candidate from one of the two major parties (Trump).

Excerpts from that Feb 2016 editorial:

“Trump said (in Oct 2015) Syrian refugees could be a ‘Trojan Horse’ for ISIS. But could he actually be a ‘Trojan Horse’ for New World Order plutocrats? After all, he is one of  them…” (IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A TROJAN HORSE? (of American plutocrats – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl)

…All candidates will say whatever it takes to get themselves elected. But once in office, how much can they be trusted to keep their promises?”

They can’t.  The “false flag” chemical attack in Syria last week, Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia (Apr 11-12), and Trump’s subsequent comments about NATO and Russia, left no doubt in my mind anymore that he was a Trojan Horse:

“Donald Trump says US relations with Russia ‘may be at all-time low’. President also says NATO is ‘no longer obsolete’ following his secretary of state’s visit to Moscow” (Guardian, Feb 13, 2017 – https://goo.gl/omQ3ff)

“In the latest of a series of dramatic foreign policy reversals in recent days, Trump dropped an allegation he had repeated throughout his presidential campaign, telling the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese were “not currency manipulators”.

“The president’s comments confirmed a significant shift in his positions since taking office nearly three months ago, cooling towards Russia and reaffirming support for NATO.”

MR FLIP-FLOP

  • Trump’s first flip-flop took place shortly after the Nov 8 election when he backed out of his October debate promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
  • He promised to reduce our military deployments overseas, but has instead increased Pentagon’s military budget.
  • And on Apr 13, Trump told reporters that he’s given the military “total authorization.”  In other words, a blank check to wage war at will.  I don’t know of any other president who has done a foolish thing like that. No wonder that the same day (Apr 13), the US military dropped the GBU-43, a 22,000-pound bomb dubbed MOAB (Mother of All Bombs), allegedly on an IS (Islamic State) target in Afghanistan. MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb in existence.Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 5.43.28 PM

(By the way, whatever happened to Al Qaeda and Taliban – our alleged enemies in Afghanistan? Guess they were renamed to IS by the New World Order PR people to make IS supposedly a global threat).

  • In 2013, Trump also said we should get out of Syria and criticized Obama for getting us involved in that civil war. Yet since his inauguration, he has actually accelerated the Syria bombings and our military involvement in that country which is no threat to the United States whatsoever.
  • And now, Trump has also flip-flopped on his earlier stance on both Russia and NATO.

So there is no doubt anymore in this writer’s mind that the current occupant of the White House is a liar just like his predecessors.

So in 2016, Don the Con pulled off probably the biggest and the longest con of his life. He duped an entire nation and much of the world.

And now Trump is shedding his sheep’s hide and to show himself what he has always been – one of the New World Order wolves who only care about money and power. And put Israel’s security and interests, such as in Syria, ahead of those of the American people.

“PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL COMMERCE” – the New World Order motto – fits Trump to a tee

… just as this writer said in that Feb 2016 Truth in Media editorial –  “IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A TROJAN HORSE?” (of American plutocrats – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl).

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Bob 11-15-14 Feb 24, 2016

This is my first editorial about the 2016 elections. Those who have followed my occasional cryptic comments on Facebook and Twitter about the leading candidates should have a pretty good idea where I stand, and why I have been saying for decades: “Anybody but a Democrat or a Republican.” And so far, there has been no independent candidate who might be worthy of my vote.

Like Ross Perot in 1992, for example, who invented “informercials” as a campaign tool, something Trump has also tried to copy. But just look at the difference between Perot’s and Trump’s “infomercials” (image below).  Facts versus skin. 

Here’s why Trump is not “it”…

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IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A “TROJAN HORSE?”

Donald Trump seems to be running away with it. His margin of victory over his Republican rivals in yesterday’s Nevada caucuses was even greater than in South Carolina and New Hampshire – 2 to 1 over his nearest competitor (Rubio):

CANDIDATE NEVADA VOTES % DEL
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Trump
34,531 45.9% 14
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Rubio
17,940 23.9% 7
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16,079 21.4% 6
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Carson
3,619 4.8% 1
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2,709 3.6% 1Source: AP

So now all those naysayers who have been dismissing Trump’s candidacy with “he’ll never make it”-comments are having to eat crow and contemplate “the impossible” – Trump as president of the United States.

Until now, we could easily ignore all those bleeding heart liberals and other intolerant factions that make up the Democratic Party’s “borsht” (Russian stew). They have been screaming in desperation and posting hateful messages against Trump for the last year or so. Which proved that they were anything but liberal-minded.

And that, of course, includes the establishment media.  Their reporting has been highly biased against Trump.  Some even stooped as low as to use profanities. Which only cheapened their arguments.

Furthermore, ALL of the “lamestream” media posted photos of Trump in the most unflattering angry poses – scowling, shouting, threatening – evidently trying to associate him with images of past dictators in history.

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That was no “coincidence.” It was and is a carefully orchestrated hate campaign against Trump by the media that’s supposed to be neutral when it comes to news reporting.

And now, after Nevada, and certainly after next week’s “Super Tuesday” in which 13 states will choose their favorite candidate, the Republican establishment is finding itself in the same boat as the liberal media. Trump is winning and everybody is panicking.

IS ANTI-TRUMP MEDIA RHETORIC ANOTHER CHARADE?

Or are they? Are they really panicking or merely following another carefully scripted New World Order ruse, the latest twist in the devious plot intended to deceive the American electorate?

Why would they do it? Because Trump is one of their own. Anybody who has been watching Trump’s public persona well before he declared his 2016 candidacy would have seen seen a crass man with a giant ego and little regard for anything but money. Which is exactly what all the New World Order chieftains also worship – the Almighty Dollar.

During the last quarter century, the New World Order plutocrats have usurped the U.S. government powers and turned it against the once free people – the electorate, the sheeple, the disenfranchised Americans whose only guaranteed right is to keep on paying taxes to pay for the public debt which the rich line their pockets. And Trump is very much a part of that crowd.

Take a look how cozy he looks with the Clinton’s and Bush’s – the New World Order oligarchs – against whom he is now supposedly running…

But more than just appearances, Trump shares with them same same “religion” – the Love of Money.

REGRESSION OF AMERICA

NEW WORLD ORDER CREED FITS TRUMP TO A TEE

The New World Order Creed fits Trump to a tee.

Here’s what I wrote on the topic of New World Order “religion” in my Washington Times column “CHRISTIANITY UNDER SIEGE, TOWARD – A ONE WORLD RELIGION” – Jan 1998 – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/christianity_under_siege.html:

Their creed is ‘I believe in nothing!’ Their crest: The Almighty Dollar. Their object of worship: The Golden Calf. Their holy shrine: Wall Street. Their holy water: Coca-Cola. Their disciples: Washington politicians.

In their world, everything is for sale. Nothing is sacred. Faceless uniformity and blind loyalty are the norm, as in communist dictatorships. If God were to (re)create the world by the designs of the “Princes of the 20th Century” — the multinationals who sit at the head table of the New World Order, there would be only three kinds of creatures:aus-105.jpg

  • All two-legged creatures would be ostriches
  • All four-legged ones would be sheep
  • All sea-living creatures would be sardines, anxiously waiting in long lines at the Princes’ canning factory docks for their turn to jump into cans, and be exported to some distant low-cal, low-brow; low-IQ, but immensely happy consumer society. Thanks to a steady diet of CNN served with Coca-Cola.”

I repeated this assessment in my speech to the Reform Party Convention in May 2000, when Pat Buchanan was running for president…

…to a standing ovation by the delegates in attendance, including Pat Buchanan.

All of those who voted Obama now know the pain of disappointment over broken promises. As do those who voted for the two Bush’s and Clinton before them. I have voted for none of them. So my conscience is clear.

Sanders, like the Clintons, is a party loyalist trying to look like an outsider to distinguish himself from Hillary. Trump is a card-carrying member of the billionaires club – the 563 plutocrats, out of 319 million of us, who have been getting richer while most of the American people are getting poorer.

“Those who deformed us cannot reform us,” read a crude white painted slogan on a Prague wall during the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

So the only person who can truly change the corrupt political system in America is an outsider, neither a Democrat or a Republican.

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WHAT TO DO ON NOV 8?

Bottom line? Vote for any third party candidate who emerges between now and November.

Or don’t vote at all. Which is what the majority of Americans has already done. Over 63% of us boycotted the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1824 (see DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

That’s because voting for either a Democrat or a Republican will only serve to legitimize the New World Order’s electoral farce and tighten the plutocrats’ noose around our collective necks. A silent protest is better than a vote for an oppressor.

What do I think would actually happen?

Trump will get the Republican nomination. And I will sit on my hands again come Nov 8 – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl

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UPDATE MARCH 1, 2016

THEY PULLED OUT ALL STOPS AND STILL CAME UP SHORT

Trump Projected to Sweep “Super Tuesday” Primaries

The forces of the Evil Empire – the so-called New World Order who field most of the Democratic and Republican candidates – had pulled out all stops in their vicious attacks on the leading Republican candidate. They compared him to Hitler. They linked him to the KKK. They accused him of cheating on taxes. They even invoked the lowly Mussolini, trying to associate him with Trump.

The New World Order media whores – as if following orders – invariably depicted Trump in their photos as a grimacing, angry bear. It was a clear as night and day that this was a Madison Ave-style orchestrated campaign aimed at destroying Trump.

But they did not mention Trump’s quote in which he praised Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, as a strong leader who is “making mincemeat out of our president” (Obama).

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Two closest Republican candidates – Cruz and Rubio, both establishment whores – elevated their criticism of Trump in the last few days to a fever-pitch scream, dropping any pretense of decency and gentility in their campaigns.

And after all of these dirty tricks… all of them still came up short. The electorate in the 13 states – from Massachusetts to Alabama – turned thumbs up on Trump and thumbs down on the New World Order.

So Trump appears unstoppable now, at least by any legal, above board means. Which, of course, leaves the New World Order leaders their favorite tools – the underhanded or violent means of stopping him.

Or not. If underneath the veneer of a renegade Republican we discover that Trump is also one of “them” (for more on that, see IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A “TROJAN HORSE?” – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl).

This is where the plot thickens. Stand by…

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UPDATE MARCH 30, 2016

TRUMP ABANDONS PLEDGE TO SUPPORT GOP NOMINEE

Cruz and Kasich Backpedal and Follow Trump’s Example

Republican candidates took a “loyalty pledge” to support the party’s nominee during the first GOP debate

At a CNN town hall event on Tuesday night, Trump reversed on that promise, telling CNN moderator Anderson Cooper he no longer respects the so-called loyalty pledge a stage full of then-candidates agreed to during the very first GOP debate in Cleveland last August.

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Ted Cruz has been slowly backing away from the pledge and on Tuesday reiterated his hesitation, telling Cooper: “I’m not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family.”

John Kasich gave a string of noncommittal responses. When pressed by Cooper about whether he’d respect the pledge, the Ohio governor said, “If the nominee is somebody that I think is really hurting the country and dividing the country, I can’t stand behind them.”

See Trump Abandons Pledge to Support GOP Nominee, Cruz and Kasich Backpedal http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Trump-Cruz-Back-Down-From-Pledge-to-Support-

So that’s today’s news from the campaign trail. What does it mean?

WHAT DOES TRUMP’S REVERSAL MEAN?

It means that Trump is clearing the deck if he is forced to run as an independent. Which would happen if the GOP officials manage to sabotage in some illegal way Trump’s seemingly inexorable march to the Republican nomination.

And if Trump were to run as an independent, he would probably win every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Because he would garner even more popular votes than as a Republican candidate.

Who knows, Trump may even get my vote if that were to happen. Because he would have proven that he is not a “Trojan Horse” as I had feared in my Feb 24 editorial (“IS TRUMP A ‘TROJAN HORSE’? – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl).

What do I think would actually happen?

Trump will get the Republican nomination. And I will sit on my hands again come Nov 8.

 

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UPDATE MARCH 30, 2016

FACTS ABOUT TED CRUZ’S BIRTHER ISSUE

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Ted Cruz was actually born in a foreign country — Canada — to an American mother, Eleanor Darragh, and a father, Rafael Cruz, who was a Cuban citizen at the time. Ted was born on On Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta.

His father, born and raised in Cuba, actually did not become an American citizen until 2005. When Ted Cruz was born, his parents weren’t visiting Canada or working on a military base — they had lived there for years.

Young Ted himself lived in that foreign country for the early years of his childhood and was actually a Canadian citizen until he renounced it in May of 2014.

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ALTZAR: The Constitution is clear about the fact that a candidate for President of the United States must be a natural-born citizen.

So why are so many Americans participating in this charade and voting for an INELIGIBLE candidate? Wasn’t Obama’s birther issue controversial enough?

More importantly, does this country really need another professional liar in the White House?

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UPDATED APR 2, 2016

THE GUARDIAN: TRUMP BATTLING FOR THE SOUL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?

April 2, 2016

The Guardian today published this OpEd piece by its Washington, DC-based correspondent – http://gu.com/p/4t39n/stw

I thought it was hogwash. And so did many other readers.

Here are two replies out of 785 comments submitted so far at the Guardian website:

ALTZAR’s REPLY:

“The rise of Donald Trump is a battle for the soul of the Republican party?” What nonsense! The rise of Donald Trump is a sign of the American people finally pushing back against the usurpation of power by BOTH the Democrats and Republicans who use taxpayers money to serve the interests of big banks and big business. Let us not forget that Trump is the ONLY candidate using his own money to get elected. So he will have to answer to no one but the American people when he is elected.

See https://profile.theguardian.com/user/id/13827928

Chef Wampum (another Guardian reader: https://discussion.theguardian.com/comment-permalink/71730569

Obama is against Trump

The Media is against Trump

The establishment Democrats are against Trump

The establishment Republicans are against Trump

The Pope is against Trump

The UN is against Trump

The EU is against Trump

China is against Trump

Mexico is against Trump

Soros is against Trump

Black Lives Matter is against Trump

MoveOn.Org is against Trump

Koch Bro’s are against Trump

Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump

Bonus points

Cher says she will leave the country

Mylie Cyrus says she will leave the country

Whoopi says she will leave the country

Rosie says she will leave the country

Al Sharpton says he will leave the country

Gov. Brown says California will build a wall

Sounds like the kinda president the US needs!–Ted Nugent

(Hahaaa… I love it)

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Here’s the original article…

THE GUARDIAN – By Ben Jacobs. a political reporter for Guardian US based in Washington DC.

The rise of Donald Trump is a battle for the soul of the Republican party http://gu.com/p/4t39n/stw

2 Apr 2016

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UPDATE MAY 27, 2016

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TRUMP SHOWS HIS TRUE COLORS IN HIS FIRST ENERGY POLICY SPEECH

ANYTHING GOES… SUMS UP TRUMP’S ENERGY “POLICY”

Donald Trump pledged to cancel the Paris climate agreement, endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast and said he would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in return for “a big piece of the profits” for the American people. And he said he would save the coal industry. Because “those are great people.”

“I have never heard more contradiction in one hour than I heard in the speech,” Sierra Club director told the Guardian.

“There are pools of oil industry wastewater that are deeper than Trump’s grasp of energy.”

ALTZAR: Having watched this video clip from Trump’s first speech on his energy policy, delivered yesterday to a pro-oil and gas industry audience in North Dakota, all I could say is, “holy cow… what a dunderhead!”

Finally, the mask has dropped. And we had a chance to see the real Donald Trump as I hinted in my February editorial – TRUMP ACTUALLY A “TROJAN HORSE?” – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1flIS.

Ironically, moments before delivering his speech, Trump had just crossed the 1,237-delegate mark which assured him of the Republican nomination long before the national convention.

It is hard to believe such a level of ignorance by the leading candidate for President of United States. Of course, Hillary is worse. She has already taken tons of money from Wall Street and the oil and gas industry, including the Arabs.

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Donald Trump would allow Keystone XL pipeline and end Paris climate deal (The Guardian)

Donald Trump pledged to cancel the Paris climate agreement, endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast and said he would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in return for “a big piece of the profits” for the American people.

Trump reaches delegate count needed to clinch Republican nomination

At an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota on Thursday, just minutes after he had celebrated hitting the 1,237 delegate mark needed to formally clinch the party’s nomination, Trump gave a speech on energy policy that was largely shaped by advice from Kevin Cramer, a US representative from the state.

In a press conference before the event, Trump praised the advice of oil tycoon Harold Hamm. Hamm and Cramer then introduced him onstage.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club environmentalist group, was taken aback by Trump’s address.

“I have never heard more contradiction in one hour than I heard in the speech,” he told the Guardian.

“There are pools of oil industry wastewater that are deeper than Trump’s grasp of energy.”

For more, see…

Donald Trump: I would end Paris climate deal – video http://gu.com/p/4jy92/stw

WHAT TO DO ON NOV 8?

This is how I said in conclusion of that February editorial… “IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A ‘TROJAN HORSE’?” —
“What do I think would actually happen?
Trump will get the Republican nomination. And I will sit on my hands again come Nov 8.” – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl

Bottom line? Vote for any third party candidate who emerges between now and November.

Or don’t vote at all. Which is what the majority of Americans has already done. Over 63% of us boycotted the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1824 (see DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

That’s because voting for either a Democrat or a Republican will only serve to legitimize the New World Order’s electoral farce and tighten the plutocrats’ noose around our collective necks. A silent protest is better than a vote for an oppressor.

For more, sew… http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl

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UPDATE JUNE 25, 2016
To all of my friends who fell for the “Feel the Bern” rhetoric in the last few months, just as many did for Obama in 2008…

BERNIE SANDERS: HILLARY’S “TROJAN HORSE” SHOWS HIS TRUE FACE

“I’ll vote for Hillary Clinton” (he said in an MSNBC TV interview)
It pains me when something like this happens. I feel no joy writing another “I told you so” comment. For, I remember vividly saying the same things about Obama back in 2008 when so many people around this country were euphoric about his presidential aspiration.
Over the next eight years, this Wall Street stooge let them all down. And yet they fell for the same trick again when Bernie Sanders hoisted the flag of “real change.”
You know the old saying, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Right now, I feel a sense of shame – that so many of my countrymen have proven once again to be so gullible. For, in the end, Sanders also proved to be merely Hillary’s “Trojan Horse.”
No surprise there.
I concluded my Feb 24 Truth in Media editorial – “IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A ‘TROJAN HORSE?’” – by saying “ANYBODY BUT A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN” (see the image) – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl .
Maybe now I can add a subhead to that piece: “BERNIE: HILLARY’S TROJAN HORSE”.

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Also see… WHITE HOUSE AND ISLAM: A LONG-TERM LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN MONEY AND OIL – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-16V* * *

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AFGHANISTAN: US, NATO “DECLARE VICTORY, THEN RUN LIKE HELL?”

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In a brief ceremony in Kabul today (Dec 28), the US and NATO declared their 13 year-war in Afghanistan over even though their stated enemy – the Taliban – are more active than ever. 

This year (2014) is set to be the deadliest of the war, according to the United Nations, which expects civilian casualties to hit 10,000 for the first time since the agency began keeping records in 2008. It says that most of the deaths and injuries are caused by Taliban attacks.ChosenCompanyParatrooperAfghanistan640

As for the US troops losses, the Afghan was has claimed 2,224 American lives so far, the London Guardian reported today. The total NATO troops losses have been around 3,500 (including the US killed in action).

640x392_21456_258265The war has cost the American taxpayer about $1 trillion so far. And despite Obama’s declaration that his 2010 troops “surge” (to 140,000 soldiers) would be end the war, five years later, the US will be still deploying about 11,000 “security forces” in Afghanistan even after declaring the war to be over today.

Which brings to mind the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The New World Order’s edition of American foreign policy seems to be basing its diplomacy on the art of losing wars. Vietnam, Iraq, now Afghanistan – declare “victory” then run like hell?!

For more on that, check out this Financial Times column from Aug 2013 – Out of sight, out of mind – a rotten way to quit a war. Here’s an excerpt and an outlook for what will come next…

An honest prognosis says that the presence of a few thousand western advisers and trainers will not stop the Taliban from retaking control of its Pashtun heartlands. The Afghan army, trained and equipped by Nato at vast expense, already loses more troops to desertion than it recruits. The present government might hold on to Kabul, but Afghanistan faces a slide into civil war.”

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LIKE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE, LIKE AMERICAN EMPIRE: “DECLARE VICTORY, THEN RUN LIKE HELL”

Sadly, history is repeating itself here. And this writer predicted it over 21 years ago while walking in the heart of the toppled Austro-Hungarian empire – Vienna.

The Austro-Hungarian empire developed a habit of losing wars into an art form. “Declare victory, then run like hell,” was the mocking motto the world had coined. Until the Great War of 1914-1918, that is. That’s when the Great Empire disappeared into the dustbin of history.

Does the same fate await the United States? That’s exactly when this writer discerned one night in September 1993 while walking the streets of Vienna, the Austrian capital (see this writer’s Washington Times column “When Cultures Collide…“, Aug 1996).

This evening, I went for a walk around the old Vienna. As I looked again at those magnificent buildings where the Austrian royalty lived, IMG_1747I was reminded of the fact that even the greatest glory is but a fleeting moment in the history of mankind. Less than 100 years ago, this was one of the most powerful empires on the face of the Earth. Now, all these buildings don’t just look like museums; they are museums! I could not help but wonder if, in 100 years or so, Washington may also end up a “museum town,” as the new center of world power shifts elsewhere, perhaps to China or Russia? (Vienna, Sept 8, 1993)

“Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it,” goes an old saw. Count Washington in.

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An Epilogue or Prologue (you decide…)

This essay has had the longest “gestation period” of any piece which I’ve written on any subject. More than two years have passed since my idea about the impending U.S. disintegration was born on September 8, 1993 in Vienna. Here’s an excerpt from my diary notes:

This evening, I went for a walk around the old Vienna. As I looked again at those magnificent buildings where the Austrian royalty lived, I was reminded of the fact that even the greatest glory is but a fleeting moment in the history of mankind. Less than 100 years ago, this was one of the most powerful empires on the face of the Earth. Now, all these buildings don’t just look like museums; they are museums! I could not help but wonder if, in 100 years or so, Washington may also end up a “museum town,” as the new center of world power shifts elsewhere, perhaps to China or Russia?

After doing some research which backed up my Viennese intuition, I hesitated to share my conclusions with wider audiences partly because I was afraid that my forecast would be too shocking, disconcerting and gut-wrenching for many patriotic Americans.

In other words, I was a “chicken-shit” writer who was more concerned about being labeled a “kook” or a “weirdo” than about telling the whole truth.

Then I met an American overseas war veteran who earned more medals than my roses have petals. Upon reading a draft of this essay, which I wrote while stranded in Paris on by the fog and the transportation workers’ strike (Nov. 29, 1995), he said, “your piece is right on the money. Go for it!”

Which is why you’re now reading it, too…

Bob Djurdjevic, Phoenix, Arizona, Dec. 20, 1995

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