Bipartisan thirst for more war

75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to ‘pressure’ Iran and Russia

Ben Norton – The Grayzone Project May 24, 2019

While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action.

Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all federal US lawmakers — have signed an open letter calling on President Trump to escalate the war in Syria, in the name of countering Iran, Russia, and Lebanese Hezbollah.

Top Democratic Party leaders have joined hawkish Republicans in a bipartisan demand that the far-right president “address threats in Syria” and “demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict.”

They hope to do this through more US intervention, implementing a three-pronged “Syria strategy”: one, “augment our support” for Israel and maintain its “qualitative military edge”; two, “increase pressure on Iran and Russia”; and, three, “increase pressure on Hezbollah.”

While the letter stops short of openly requesting more American troops inside Syria, it clearly states that the US should take more aggressive actions. It also expressly calls on the Trump White House to punish Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah with crippling sanctions.

Among the signatories are 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker.

The letter was notably not signed by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Tulsi Gabbard, both 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are running left-wing, anti-war campaigns.

The Congressional call does not even feign concern for the humanitarian situation of Syrians, or make any pretense of supporting the “Syrian people.” Rather, it is entirely framed within a chauvinistic perspective of expanding American power, protecting Israel, and weakening “US adversaries.”

The letter fearmongers about the presence of Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah in Syria, all of which are fighting in alliance with Syria’s internationally recognized government, which sits at the United Nations, and which has requested their support.

The bipartisan document claims that the “region has also been destabilized by Iranian regime’s threatening behavior,” adding that “Russia’s destabilizing role only complements that of Iran,” and that “Hezbollah now poses a more potent threat to Israel as well.”

The Democratic chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Eliot Engel, and the Republican chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, James Risch, helped to lead the letter campaign.

It was also signed by Democratic Party leaders Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton loyalists such as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Tim Kaine. Russiagate figurehead Adam Schiff lent his name, along with neoconservative Republicans like Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, and Ted Cruz. Republican white nationalist Rep. Steve King’s name also appeared on the letter.

Even some Democrats who have been outspoken opponents of the US-Saudi war on Yemen like Sen.’s Chris Murphy and Representative Ted Lieu were signatories.

The letter goes on to express “deep concern” about “pockets of ungoverned space [that] have allowed terrorist groups, such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates, to keep parts of Syria in their stranglehold.”

Left unacknowledged in the congressional letter is the way that US intervention in Syria in fact fueled the spread of these extremist groups. The multi-billion-dollar arm-and-equip program — the largest since the CIA’s covert war in Afghanistan in the 1980s — funneled weapons to ISIS and Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, the biggest affiliate of the Salafi-jihadist group since 9/11.

Former Barack Obama administration officials even admitted that their proxy war and US allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey greatly strengthened these radical Islamist groups.

The letter reflects the national security state’s perpetual feedback loop, where US military intervention fuels extremist groups, and then the strength and persistence of these extremist groups is in turn used to justify further US military intervention to fight them.

The Trump White House’s growing threats against Iran

The US Congress is often a site of bipartisan belligerence. In 2018, not a single member of the legislature opposed the Trump administration’s imposition of sanctions on Nicaragua’s leftist government.

The latest missive reflects a yearning for more war from the leadership of both major political parties at a moment when the Trump administration is ratcheting up US aggression against numerous countries.

US sanctions on Venezuela led to the preventable deaths of some 40,000 Venezuelans in 2017 and 2018, and the Trump administration is hardly concealing its ambition to starve the Venezuelan population as whole by threatening sanctions on the government’s CLAP food program.

The Trump administration is also increasingly threatening Iran. On May 24, Trump announced that he will be sending 1,500 troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East, in a significant escalation of US aggression against Tehran.

At the same time, the Trump administration declared an “emergency” to bypass Congressional oversight and expedite the sale of billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, an outsider in the 2020 presidential race, has helped lead the campaign against a potential US war on Iran.

Gabbard tweeted: “Cost of Iran war? A region engulfed in bloodletting, countless lives, many trillions $, our ntnl security undermined, ISIS/AQ strengthened, massive immigration crisis, likely confrontation btwn US & nuclear Russia or China. War without end because ‘victory’ will remain undefined.

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4 responses to “Bipartisan thirst for more war”

  1. War is Peace !

  2. How the jews contrived us into w w 2

    But will we allow it a third time ?

  3. The US government is the biggest terrorist organization in the world and here they are, once again, planning a giant terror attack on a country a thousand times more honorable than the United Shitheads of America!!!

    “While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action.”

    First of all, it’s not an administration; it’s a military junta and a multilevel criminal syndicate run by the Rothschild Zionist Empire of Usury, misery and tyranny.

    A REAL OPPOSITION to these hyper criminals in the BrainWashington Death Cult, would be clamoring for more action alright! The action would include the mass arrests of these terrorists in the US government, in its agencies, as well as those in the israeli government. Then on to England, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zewland, Shoddy Arabia and the Great Satan’s little helper: the Vatican. Or is it the other way around?

    They are all, including Tulsi Gabbard, participating in the cover-ups, not only of 9/11, but more recently, the Paradise California Holocaust…to name but the first couple of terrorist acts that come to mind.

    A REAL OPPOSITION would neutralize the grotesque and despicable accomplices that populate the sewers of Shitstream Media. From The Travistock Prostitute to the Council on Porn Relations and on to the Snake Department. Don’t forget the CIA, NSA, FBI, Homeland Senility and the Department of JustUS…

    And these slime balls: The Zew York Slimes, The BrainWashington Boast, Huffington Puffington Boast, the Cartoon News Nutwork (CNN), ABC (A Bunch of Crap, or Creeps), CBS (Crooks Behind Smiles), CBC (Champagne Bottle Corksuckers), NBC (Nincompoops, Bullshitters & Corksuckers, or National Bullshit Corporation), etc…etc…

    There’s always a token naysayer like Ron Paul, Trafficant, Cynthia McKinney, somebody to give hope to the hapless onlookers. The act of starting a war is the worst crime possible yet these bribed barbarians in the White Sepulcher House go about their business as if their pronouncements were acceptable, as if THEY were acceptable.

    They should all be arrested and sent to these waiting concentration camps where they can concentrate on how to properly run a country. I wish the Galactic Federation would show up and get these evil spoiled brats out of the way so the rest of us can go about cleaning up their colossal mess.

    If the Americans allow their sick, zew-infested shithead government to initiate a more “immediate action” against Iran, I hope the Iranians and the Russians immediately respond and kick these fucking morons way out past Pluto.

    You will know them by their targets.

  4. Any politician or “journalist” clamoring for war and shilling for death and destruction should be the first ones sent over into battle. You want it? You got it, tough guys. Round them up, give out rifles and parachutes, and air drop them right on in from 15,000 feet….but not before taking back the parachutes from them.