Headline January 16, 2018/ '' 'AMERICA -AGGRANDIZE- AUGMENT' ''


AS A LIFE LONG ADMIRER OF THE U.S........................

I have always marveled at the great good its power and wealth can do for the hopelessly sickening and sinking, rest of the world.

For all his antics at on the Mexican border, President Trump's voice is salutary.

THAT THE REST of the world should stand up and start solving its own bloody intractable problems, and not just keep hanging on to America's coat-tails.

But the US has its own deep divide, slashing through the populist body politic. It is Donald Trump and ''America First''.

The morass in which the US is wallowing in Mesopotamia, as in Afghanistan, has indeed become  indefinite. Retreat is always heartbreaking to friends, and pleasing to foes. It makes tearful negative copy.

Barrack Obama tried to get out and lost his nerve. President Trump is just so discovering. presently why : it was through the vehemence and cynicism of pro-intervention lobbies, trumpeting national security.

NOW comes the paradox............

Trump sits in a White House war room, preaching the same ''national security'' he derides in Syria to justify his $5 billion Mexican wall.

Migration involves appalling suffering, on which Britain has no right to be smug.

Britain has Shakespeare's ''silver sea, which serves it in the office of a wall'', where a few patrol boats will apparently suffice. But the issue is the same - how to honor populist election pledges to keep out migrants.

Trump is entitled to put ''America first'' in the Middle East, and that slogan may explain his trade barriers against Canada and China. But like the Mexican wall, such policies have nothing to do with America's national security.

The US must be the safest country on the planet. Its home territory has never been so much as menaced by the by a foreign power, let alone invaded.

Two oceans protect it east and west, 9/11 aside, terrorist incidents have been homegrown. Wars abroad, from Vietnam to Syria, have reflected some neo-imperial hegemonic urge, similar to that which used to grip Britain.

The effect has been to turn the US from policeman to random vigilante.

The political forces of fear has long been the default mode of the insecure statesman.

The parading of military muscle still permeates the US 's public realm and has become a shop window for what President Eisenhower termed the anti-democratic ''miltary industrial complex''.

Its endless aggrandisement boosts military spending and upholds the cause of an American presence  across the globe. Its warships daily at the altar of national security.

America's aid to Nato has long underpinned Europe's security, but that does not undermine Trump's challenge, that the rest of the world should start solving its own problems.

The U.S. current entrapment in the Middle East was precisely what it warned Britain against over Suez in 1956, that it should not cloak imperial adventure in the garment of domestic security.

Remarks to this effect by Mattis, Graham and Britain's Hunt are ridiculous, and they know it.

The power of armies to dictate policy and command resources by exaggerating fear is downside of populism.

As lifelong admirer of the US, I have always marveled at the good its power and wealth could do that for the world. That's why its enslavement to Franklin Roosevelt's bogey of ''fear itself'' is so tragic.

That the quest for ''stability'' in the Middle East should be presented as a remotely to do with safety of the American or British state is a pure nonsense.

For all his antics at the on Mexican border, in this respect trump's voice is salutary.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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'' Await The Verdict '''

Good Night and God Bless

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