Sunday, May 19, 2019

ONE BY LAND, TWO BY SEA: Half-Acts of War

This week, we have learned that if you don’t score the entire enchilada, one/half a coup is better than none. Thwarted by a full invasion of Maduro’s Venezuela, the administration ate half a crow and employed Mediaeval tactics by sending a battering ram to knock down the door of the Venezuelan Embassy, and arrest the four remaining embassy protection coalition members remaining, two of whom are valued and respected journalists, the third, an anthropology professor who happened to be in Honduras at the time of the Hillary-inspired coup, and witnessed its horrific results.

Peaceful protesters defend Venezuelan Embassy's sovereignty
A previous law and order visit had prompted the protectors to politely refuse to vacate four times!!!! although they assured the “law” (which had illegally broken in by sawing open the door chains) they would be glad to vacate once the State Department had issued a Protective Power Agreement, guaranteeing the neutrality, diplomatic status, and inviolability of all embassies world wide, and specifically those of the United States that, with this act of piracy, was declaring an act of war, and opening the doors to violations of U.S. Embassies worldwide.

But, although in 2003 #45 is reported to have declared that a U.S. President would invade Venezuela to get re-elected, this time the administration settled for a faux coup instead.

Not to worry. And never mind that Iran has demonstrably halted its nuclear weapons program. With John Bolton in charge, the U.S. had plenty of saber rattling left up its sleeve as a USS Abraham Lincoln strike group made for Iranian waters and the Gulf of Hormus.

There are still a few good reasons not to provoke war with Iran:
            Iran is nearly four times bigger than Iraq was.
            Iran’s population is nearly four times as large as Iraq’s at the start of Gulf II.
            The U.S. would need 2,141,900 troops to make a dent, but only 1,281.900 are either on active duty (making the rest of the world miserable) or in the reserves.
            Whereas Iraq turned to guerilla warfare which the U.S doesn’t know how to  defeat, in addition to   its over 500,000 active duty personnel, Iran can mobilize at least 1.5 million paramilitary forces.
            Iran is ruled by its Shite majority making up 90% of the population, which  would mount a massive struggle against any U.S. invaders.
            Iran’s neighbors, the Hazaras of Afghanistan and the Pakistanis (also Shites) would support Iran.
            No  Western Europe country would support a Trump invasion of Iran.

John Bolton is not paid to think, or to weigh consequences. And billionaire war profiteers are itching for more business. But the main over-arching reasons for this last-days-of-Empire’s tail-lashing is that at least three countries have now begun to deal in currencies other than the dollar in their trade agreements, among them China and Venezuela. And whereas Gaddafi could be lynched while Hillary gloated, China is not quite the same bug on the wall.

Despite #45's recent soft-pedalling for diplomacy (and deal-making) it looks like once again the U.S. is steaming full sails ahead for another quagmire, this time with Iran.


Before suggesting an action for this week, I want to share a bulletin that just came in this morning, presumably from #45 himself:
“I am pissed at The Mustache, aka John Bolton. For months he’s been telling me it would be easy to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro, but Maduro turned out to be a tough cookie and the Guaidó guy turned out to be a dud. The only coup Gauidó and The Mustache have actually pulled off is right here in D.C., where we sent in some cops to raid the Venezuelan Embassy and arrest four “I-don’t-like-war” protestors so we could hand the place over to the coup guys….

“The Mustache is not just gunning for war in Venezuela; he seems to be working over time to push me into a war with Iran. He’s talking nonsense about sending 120,000 troops to the Middle East! Is he crazy? After all I’ve said about getting us out of stupid wars? I know my buddies in the Middle East—Brass Balls Bibi and Prince Bone Saw Bin Salman—would like me to bomb. bomb, bomb, but my generals tell me that would be a VERY BAD idea….”


Code Pink gets it. and you get it. And firing John Bolton is not such a bad idea. After all, he can grill hamburgers on that mustache at McDonald’s if he needs a job.

Tell #45 to fire John Bolton at

Please sign No War with Iran at

Please urge Harris, Klobuchar, and Gillibrand to lead Congress in stopping unconstitutional war in Iran and Venezuela at

Block Trumps’ War at

J Street asks you to contact your representative to back the Unconstitutional War with Iran Act today.

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