Peace Might Be Breaking Out in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and N. KoreaBy: Rich Scheck
At the same time the US is escalating tumult in Venezuela, President Trump claims to be doing the opposite in Syria, Afghanistan and N. Korea. And with Congress appearing to go on record against our role in supporting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, maybe we don’t need a new party dedicated to stopping our foreign wars.
I recently expressed a fantasy that the 2020 presidential election may see a vigorous competition among the candidates to see who could be the most pro-peace. Tulsi Gabbard is leading that charge with a campaign focused on war and peace, stopping interventions and ending our support for terrorists. Liz Warren has made similar comments while Sanders, Booker and Harris have all voted to end our role in Yemen.
As things now stand, they will be chasing the president who has the bully pulpit and control of the executive branch to augment his constant tweeting. We will be able to gauge by next year just how consistent he has been with his current rhetoric. If the troops are merely moved to Iraq and/or replaced by private contractors under Erik Prince’s guidance than we can show he was just jiving his base for political points. But if real progress is made towards peace, than voters will likely be impressed enough to reward him with a second term.
I know, we can’t trust anything Trump says especially with advisers like Bolton Elliot and Pompeo But despite the cognitive dissonance, he does seem to be going forward with his agenda even if his appointees have other ideas. Increasing defence spending, ending the INF Treaty, building space weapons and other provocative gestures like regime change in Venezuela and Iran will make it hard to fit him with the peace-nik label.
But any baby steps in the right direction will be welcome by this pilgrim and hopefully provide incentive for his erstwhile opponents to embolden their own positions on war and peace.
Will 2019 be the year of peace? Will 2020 finally see a major move toward ending our endless wars? Probably not, but at least the issue will be a significant part of the conversation……..and that may be the best we can hope for at this unique moment in time.