Trump like all the rest

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Don­ald Trump promised us pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity, but now has us on the brink of war with Rus­sia, China, North Korea and Iran. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son claims that the United States is ready to use its mil­i­tary to pun­ish any mas­sacre of civil­ians any­where in the world. The U.S. mil­i­tary re­cently killed more than 200 civil­ians in a bomb­ing raid on Iraq March 17, which is ap­prox­i­mately twice the num­ber of peo­ple killed by the April 4 Syr­ian air strike. Pres­i­dent Trump sus­pects the at­tack in Syria was chem­i­cal, but it may have been a toxic gas cloud cre­ated by the de­struc­tion of a chem­i­cal-weapons man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity con­trolled by rebel forces. There is no hard proof that Syr­ian leader Bashir Assad is re­spon­si­ble for us­ing chem­i­cal weapons.

The United States bombed civil­ians en masse dur­ing World War II us­ing both con­ven­tional and nu­clear weapons. We na­palmed vil­lages in Viet­nam, and North Korea has claimed that we used germ war­fare agents against them dur­ing the Korean War. That charge is not proven, but the United States cer­tainly did use chem­i­cal weapons dur­ing World War I.

The United States is his­tor­i­cally a war-lov­ing coun­try, and the Demo­cratic Party is just as hyp­o­crit­i­cal and in­sane as the Repub­li­can Party in this re­gard. Many Amer­i­cans voted for Trump be­cause they thought he would bring us bet­ter re­la­tions with Rus­sia and an ‘Amer­ica-first’ for­eign pol­icy. By his own ac­tions, Trump now de­clares we are still the po­lice­man of the world, and our econ­omy, our chil­dren’s fu­ture and our very lives are in­signif­i­cant. The only thing that seems to mat­ter is for politi­cians and generals to prove their brav­ery by get­ting us into one coun­ter­pro­duc­tive war after another.

CHRISTO­PHER CALDER Eu­gene, Ore.

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