For my friends who lean Democrat or vote Democrat and are looking forward towards 2020, this article by Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept should be on your radar.
The party establishment has been working with (and will continue to) Neoconservatives from the Bush-era to strengthen the party. Yes, the people who were regulars on FOX News during the lead up to the Iraq war are switching parties…again.
Neoconservatives were originally Trotsky-loving leftists who left the Democrat party after it turned anti-war in the 1960s. They joined the Republican party (while definitely keeping influence in the Democratic Party) and helped steer it into the interventionist monster it has became. Because of their history with being Trotsky-types, they hate Russia. They also, some of them, have duel-citizenship between the United States and Israel. Even going as far as being investigated on charges of espionage for their role in influencing policy on behalf of the State of Israel. Richard Perle would be a good name to Google.
These monsters are the people who brought you the Iraq War, backed the destruction of Libya, are the major lobby for aggression towards Iran, and most recently, the backing of “moderate rebels” in Syria. This is where they turned their attention to the Democrats. During the 2016 election, their candidate of choice was Clinton (the major reason why I could never support such a person), as her foreign policy matches their exactly.
The weasel pictured on the right is Bill Kristol, son of Irving Kristol, one of the founders of the movement. I call him Billy. Since I don’t respect him. Billy is a worm. He has no real political views, other than advancing the idea of empire in Washington, and using men & women in our armed forces as fodder for his plans. He would like America to dominate the world, overthrow any government that dares stand up to us, and surround and destabilize Russia.
See the theme? The Russian theme? Magically once Trump began running in the Republican Party, and could get voters in South Carolina to denounce the Iraq War, he knew it was time to go. When Trump had the audacity to suggest maybe war with Russia could be a terrible idea, and peace might be a better option, that was the last straw. So off he went to fund Hillary and others in the Democrat Party. Who were more than willing to accept his power and money. They hated Trump as much as the establishment in the Republican Party. And all power in Washington hates the Russians, along with the “Deep State”, which has been trying to bring back the Cold War ever since it ended. Why this view of Russia? Legacy and decades of Neoconservative influence. A reading of history will show that their way of thinking has infected the policy in D.C., from the Congress to the think-tanks to the media.
This “Trump is a Russian stooge” is clear as day to anyone who’s studied this neoconservative movement. No friendly policy towards Russia can be allowed. It must always be our enemy. “We have always been at war with Eurasia” as Orwell put it. Trump is messing with the regime change plan from 1996 or 2001. He messes with the movement to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders, and crush it. This is Trump’s threat to these people. They don’t care about his mouth or his goofy tweets. If Bernie Sanders was elected and called for an end to the war in Syria, he would be destroyed in his own way. That’s why the nomination was stolen from him, and why no real coverage was given to it.
This might sound like a conspiracy theory, but that’s just because I’m too lazy right now to dig up the decades of articles, policy papers, bills, interviews and books put out and supported by these people to make my point more clearly. I hope with the magic of smartphones, my fellow Americans can do some research on their own.
So for all my true Progressive friends, who want a radical change to their party in 2020, get ready for a rude awakening if Billy and the Boys are joining your party. They have no problem giving you your healthcare and social justice at home (since they were never conservatives in the first place), but don’t you dare touch their war machine aboard. If this is a deal you have no issue making, then just admit you’re becoming the party of endless war and corporate interests, with the Republican party of your childhood (FOX NEWS and guns) becoming the party of the working class and less robust imperialism.
photo: David Royal/Monterey County Herald/AP