Quantcast
Connect with us

Scholar of fascism explains why Trump’s ‘Desert Stormy’ airstrike is a total sham

Published

on

Donald Trump has declared “mission accomplished” after a “perfectly executed” missile strike which cost $165 million and killed no one.

ADVERTISEMENT

And, indeed, the mission does seem to have been accomplished—cable news has been flooded with news about the air strike, which means trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen is free to smoke cigars with his buddies in the wake of his office being raided and tapes of conversations with various people in the Trump orbit possibly being taken by investigators.

Why was Trump—who loudly opposed bombing Syria during the Obama administration—eager to run this fatality-free attack even as it angered some of his staunchest defenders?

ADVERTISEMENT

Fascism expert Sarah Kendzior lays it all out in a new column for Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper.

“Mr. Trump’s condemnation of Bashar al-Assad is both disingenuous and self-serving,” she writes. “His sudden concern over chemical weapons is as contrived as it was last year, when under a similar firestorm of scandal Trump launched strikes into Syria in an operation that did nothing for Syrians but plenty for Mr. Trump, winning him praise from gullible pundits who deemed him ‘presidential’ overnight.”

We must be wary of praising Trump for firing missiles, because “world war a real possibility” now that Trump has tapped warmonger John Bolton as a security adviser, she says.

ADVERTISEMENT

“[N]one of these actions have anything to do with aiding Syrians or stopping Assad. They are about Mr. Trump’s own deadly calculus – self-destruction as he faces legal jeopardy, or world destruction as an attempt at distraction, with Bolton and possibly Putin as his enablers.”

Read the full column here.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

WATCH LIVE: Trump holds mask-optional Mount Rushmore rally and fireworks celebration

Published

on

President Donald Trump left the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday to attend an Independence Day event in South Dakota.

Trump was told not to attend but did so anyway.

“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, told the Guardian. “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota ahead of the president’s event: report

Published

on

Yet another senior Donald Trump advisor has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said," The New York Times reported shortly before Trump's speech began.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report

Published

on

Oglala Sioux protesters were arrested protesting against President Donald Trump's Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore on Friday.

The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image