Stefanik continues to enable Trump
Once again, Rep. Stefanik has offered her “hail to the chief.” This time it’s in the form of acquiescence to his war-waging power. The House, in a 250-170 vote has tied funding for an Iran war with congressional authorization.
Concerned in principle by the president’s unilateral war power at Congress’ expense, 27 Republicans joined Democrats in taking a stand against precipitous aggression. But, Stefanik’s no vote is not only a rejection of these conservative colleagues, but more importantly, it lays the groundwork for war, and dictatorial power, while discounting negotiation, compromises, and peaceful resolutions. This not only aligns her with the chief, but also with NSA war-monger John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Boeing’s point man).
In addition, her no vote also shows an ignorance of U.S.-Iran history. Remember, congresswoman, the CIA-directed coup of Iran’s Democratic government. And the subsequent three decades of the Shah’s pro-Western rule. How about the Iranian revolution which ousted the Shah? Or the 2015 Iran Deal, signed off on by all the major powers, and then reneged on when Trump ascended to the throne.
As to Iran “aggression,” which you no doubt subscribe to, you’ve got to know, being a military expert, that tens of thousands of U.S. troops, dozens of fighter jets, warships, aircraft carriers, and drones surround Iran and are poised for action. This atop severe economic sanctions. You may also know that independent Iran, which is strongly opposed to both the Taliban and al-Quaida, has a military budget of $15 billion per year compared to our own $750 billion. And, let’s not say we’re involved in divine intervention.
So, as Trump’s enabler, you push the prospects for tens of thousands deaths, disastrous brinkmanship in an explosive region, a nasty uptick in climate destruction, and of magnifying our Big Bully image.
Gerry Joe Capone, Hartford
Trump will not go to war with Iran
Here is why, in spite of installing war mongers as his top foreign affairs advisers, Donald Trump will not go to war with Iran. Vladimir Putin will not give him permission. I suspect that is why he called off the retaliatory air strikes a couple weeks ago. After all, Russia is the main beneficiary of the U.S. sanctions against Iran, which are being imposed on other governments or their industries. Russian companies are not being sanctioned for buying Iranian oil, which they can resell at a profit. I am sure the Russian president will not let the American president do anything that might interfere with this windfall. If Trump ever disobeys Putin, then Putin will make public the goods he has on Trump and Trump knows it.
Trump a racist, a bigot and a bully
Once again our president has crossed the line. It is unthinkable that our president would tweet that four female congresswomen should go back to the countries where they came from.
On July 14, Trump tweeted that Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley should, “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came from.” All of these freshman congresswomen are woman who are not of Caucasian ancestry. However, only Representative Omar was not born in our country. The other three were, in fact, born in the United States.
This tweet by Trump amounts to an egregious insult to all women, women of color, and immigrants. Moreover, it is contrary to one of the most significant principles which made our nation so great. If Trump had any sense at all he would realize that all Americans, with the exception of our Native Americans, were either immigrants or descendants of immigrants. My own great great-grandparents immigrated from Germany and Ireland.
Much more importantly, many great Americans were immigrants or descendants of immigrants. For instance, George Washington’s great-grandfather, John Washington, immigrated from Sulgrave, England to North America in 1656. Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, immigrated to the United States from Germany and was granted U.S. citizenship in 1940.
What type of a person is President Trump? By authoring his recent twitter statement he once again portrays himself as a racist, a bigot and a bully. What kind of example does he illustrate to the citizens of our great country? How can we let this continue?