After a surprise visit to the U.S. troops in Iraq and Germany, the U.S. President Donald Trump said, “The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world.”
I fully agree with him. His comment is in line with his view in 2016, when he expressed hostility to neocons, who have kept the U.S. captive in everlasting wars.
In its capacity as a global policeman, the U.S. has about 800 military bases in 148 countries — an astonishingly high number, considering that the world has just 196 countries. Militarily, the U.S. is increasingly occupying the nations. Did Trump mean that the U.S. role as a military occupier and policeman would end?
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Yet, what Trump added as an explanation for his alleged stance against the U.S. as a global policeman is a far cry from his original anti-neocon views. He said he does not want the U.S. to be “taken advantage of any more by countries that use us and use our incredible military to protect them” as he complained that “they don’t pay for it, and they’re going to have to.”
I can agree with him about the fact that it is unacceptable the United States as the policeman of the world. But where is the U.S. military being taken advantage by countries? Does he want occupied nations to pay for their occupation?
Does Trump mean, for example, that Europe should pay NATO for military protection when NATO has been completely useless to protect Europe from Islamic invasions? In fact, Trump himself said in 2016 that NATO is useless. I fully agree with him. The greatest threat to the European civilization is invading it right under NATO’s nose!
What is the point for Europe to pay if NATO grants no military protection against Islamic invasions? Besides, many times Europe has been taken advantage by the U.S. to protect Saudi Islamic ambitions.
Even though Trump angered neocons with his order to withdraw from Syria U.S. troops illegally deployed by Obama there, he equally delighted neocons with his plan not to withdraw troops from Iraq, explaining that the U.S. would use Iraq as the home base for future operations in the Middle East. The global policeman intends to occupy Iraq for its military operations.
Trump condemned Bush for the invasion of Iraq. He said that Bush lied about his reasons to invade Iraq. Was Trump right then or is Trump lying now?
“It’s a place I have been talking about for many years, many many years,” he told journalists on Wednesday in a reference to his past claims that the U.S. shouldn’t have waged war in Iraq after 9/11. “I was talking about it as a civilian,” he reminded.
Some Iraqi political leaders condemned Trump’s surprise visit as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. Who can blame them? Americans would have also complained if a foreign president had visited his foreign troops within the U.S. Americans in the late 1700s could identify themselves with them.
When the British Empire kept its troops in America, Americans called it oppression and unacceptable. Why cannot be called oppression and unacceptable when America, as an empire, keeps her troops in foreign nations in detriment of vulnerable Christian populations?
Americans did not like to be invaded and occupied by British troops 200 years ago. Today they would not like also to be invaded and occupied militarily for any foreign nation. Their patriotic feeling is right, healthy and has a good Bible foundation:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)
Bush’s invasion of Iraq provoked, in its aftermath, untold suffering, devastation and death to the small Christian communities. If the global policeman cannot protect Christians, why stay in the Middle East?
The truth is, the role of the U.S. as a global policeman has not been particularly good for persecuted Christians and their survival.
In Iraq, Trump said that the coalition of Turkey and Saudi Arabia will finish ISIS off and rebuild Syria. The problem is: Saudi Arabia, aided by Crooked Hillary Clinton, created ISIS, which was aided by Turkey, an Islamic nation notorious for its genocide of Christians. Christians in Syria and Iraq suffered genocide in the hands of ISIS while the U.S. military bases in the Middle East protect Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
If Americans in the 2 World War had such mindset, they would have protected Hitler and asked his assistance to defeat Nazism!
Trump also complained that the U.S. has spent “7 trillion dollars in the Middle East.” This massive amount was not spent to protect persecuted Christians. It was spent to help the murderous ambitions of the Islamic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.
Cannot the U.S. just pull out its troops from the Middle East and deploy them in the U.S. borders? Cannot the U.S. spend 7 trillion dollars for security in the U.S. borders?
No young man wants to go to war in a distant foreign nation to fight for an unpatriotic cause. This was not different with Trump, who never served in the military, having received a medical diagnosis that he had bone spurs. The diagnosis helped him receive an exemption from mandatory service during the Vietnam War.
Yet, the daughters of the doctor who provided the medical excuse claimed that their father offered the diagnosis as a favor to the Trumps. So Trump is a living evidence that no young man wants to go to war and no family wants their children going to far-away wars.
In 1935, in his book “War Is a Racket,” Major General Smedley D. Butler said, “The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.”
Butler, who said that there is a war industry in the U.S. that greatly profits from wars, added,
“A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes. In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War.”
His patriotic book exposes how the U.S. military leaders were, over 80 years ago, prioritizing the ambitions of the military industrial complex at the expense of true patriotism and U.S. national security. It is impossible not to conclude that the ambitions have not increased.
To build an empire, the military industrial complex is destroying the U.S. as a Christian nation.
No young man wants to go to a distant foreign war to die a senseless death. Trump was an intelligent young man when he and his family used a medical excuse to exempt him from mandatory service during the Vietnam War.
No intelligent nation accepts the military occupation of an empire. Americans in the 1700s fought against an oppressive military empire, not to build an oppressive military empire.
As a global police, the U.S. has successfully isolated Russia, the largest Christian Orthodox nation in the world, but it has not isolated Saudi Arabia, the main sponsor of Islamic terror around the world. On the contrary, the U.S. has heavily armed the Saudis.
If Trump is serious about his comment “The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world,” he should do just what Americans in the 1700s did. He should fight for America as a nation and fight against the empire within America that, as a parasite, is corrupting and destroying the original Christian American nation.
To deliver the U.S. from its role as global policeman will result in:
* Saving thousands of lives of U.S. young servicemen and other thousands of lives of Christians who perish in the aftermath of U.S. invasions and intrusion in the Middle East.
* Saving trillion dollars that, instead of being spent on bloody operations to serve Saudi ambitions, could be spent on the security of U.S. borders and necessary U.S. infrastructure.
* Redirecting the U.S. to build itself as a Christian nation minding its own borders, as intended by its Founders, not as a military empire with 800 military bases in 148 countries.
Could not Trump use his presidential powers to deliver the United States from its questionable role as the policeman of the world?
With information from the DailyMail.
Portuguese version of this article: Trump: “Os Estados Unidos não podem continuar a ser a polícia do mundo”
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