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On the Commemoration of World War I: From Woodrow Wilson to Donald Trump
7 days ago




 

A Disastrous Decision

It is altogether fitting that the US attack on a Syrian airport, the dropping of a MOAB on defenseless Afghanistan, and the potential outbreak of nuclear war with North Korea have all come in the very month in which an American president led the nation on its road to empire one hundred years earlier.

 

Donald Trump and Woodrow Wilson, who waged “The War to End All Wars” – which turned out to be such a glaring misnomer that it will stand forever as an example of the deceitfulness of war propaganda. Donald Trump wants to save incubator babies or something…

 

President Trump’s aggressive actions and all of America’s previous imperialistic endeavors can ultimately be traced to Woodrow Wilson’s disastrous decision to bring the country into the First World War on April 6, 1917. This month, therefore, should be one of national mourning for the decision to enter that horrific conflict changed America and, for that matter, the world for the worse.

Had the US remained neutral, the war would most likely have come to a far quicker and more politically palatable conclusion. However, the entry of America on the Entente side prolonged the conflict and extended its economic and political destruction to such a degree that the Old Order could not be put back together again.

The great dynasties (Germany, Russia, and especially Austria) were ruthlessly dismantled at the conclusion of WWI by the explicit designs of Wilson, which left a power vacuum across Central Europe.  The vacuum, of course, was filled by the various collectivist “isms” which produced the landscape for another global conflagration even greater than WWI.

For America, after a brief revival of isolationism and non-interventionist sentiment throughout the land, the country, led by another ruthless and power-mad chief executive, provoked and schemed its way into the second general European war within a generation, this time “via the backdoor” with Japan.  A second US intervention, making the war global, could not have come about had there been no WWI, or if that war had ended on better terms.

 

War is by far the biggest racket ever… trillions in tax payer funds have simply evaporated without a trace over the decades. It is no wonder war continues to be heavily propagated at every opportunity by the political class and the mainstream media (as their reaction to the recent bombing of Syria has once again demonstrated, their bloodthirstiness is downright pathological).

Illustration by Emil Lendof / The Daily Beast

 

Empire of Lies

After the Second World War, the US emerged as the world’s dominant power with bases across the globe and entered into a string of never ending hot and cold wars, regime changes, destabilization, assassinations, bombings, blockades, and economic sanctions that have continued to this very day and hour.

Quickly after the war’s conclusion, the American media, academia, and the security and military industrial complex had to invent the myth that the Soviet Union and the US were of equal military might which turned out to be a blatant lie.

After being decimated in WWII and its adherence to unworkable and economic destructive socialistic planning, the Soviet Union could never produce the wealth necessary to maintain a global empire as the US did, and still does.  The “Soviet threat” was always a ruse to get gullible Americans to vote for and support greater and greater “defense” spending.

 

On the left hand side, the Soviet threat as depicted by shills for the military-industrial complex for many years, on the right hand side a depiction of the actual extent of the threat. While the Soviet communist system was certainly vile, its economy decayed rapidly. The socialist calculation problem ensured that previously accumulated capital was quickly depleted, as rational allocation of scarce resources is impossible in a system without market prices. Soviet military equipment was a joke. When Eastern German and Soviet troops held joint exercises in East Germany, people used to watch through binoculars from West Berlin for a good laugh. Soviet tanks were utterly decrepit and beset by serious design deficiencies; their crews reportedly had to run in circles so as not to get squashed when the turrets were turned. To properly appreciate the threat posed by  communist hi-tech armaments, readers may want to review what this modern-day reincarnation of Stalin has at his disposal… (admittedly, people might die from laughing, so it is not without its dangers).

 

Besides Ron Paul and to a far lesser extent his son, Donald Trump was the only viable candidate who spoke of taking a new, less interventionist foreign policy which is why he was able to garner so much support from millions of empire-weary Americans during the presidential campaign.

He rightly called the Iraqi War a “disaster,” spoke of getting along with Russia, and the US’s commitment to NATO should be rethought, among other refreshing comments on foreign affairs.

 

Easy Pickings for the Deep State

In one of the most memorable and hopeful passages of his Inaugural Address, the new president championed non-intervention abroad:

 

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow.

 

Unlike Ron Paul, however, Trump had no grounding in a true America First foreign policy.  While critical of his predecessors’ foreign policy decisions, Trump was not opposed philosophically to the US Empire or saw it as the greatest threat to world peace which currently exists.

 

A brief explanation of how US interventionism affects the Middle East. Libya, which has fairly recently been blessed with freedom by heavy doses of humanitarian love-bombing (h/t Corbett Report) is not merely a failed state in which a low level civil war continues to simmer amid the rubble of the country’s destroyed infrastructure, it has recently also seen the return of cherished ancient institutions, such as slave markets. Our vaunted nation-builders continue to race from success to success…

 

Without an ideological basis against American globalism, Trump was easy pickings against the threats and machinations of the Deep State.  Without a refutation of the ideology which drove Wilson and all of his successors to promote military adventurism abroad, Trump will be little different than his imperial predecessors and with a personality that is thin-skinned, impulsive and unpredictable, Trump could, God forbid, become another Woodrow Wilson.

 

Image captions by PT

 

Antonius Aquinas is an author, lecturer, a contributor to Acting Man, SGT Report, The Burning Platform, Dollar Collapse, The Daily Coin and Zero Hedge. Contact him at antoniusaquinas[at]gmail[dot]com https://antoniusaquinas.com/.